Cultural Grants 2015

From among the many high quality applications received, the Cultural Committee of the Netherland-America Foundation awarded grants in 2015 to the following projects, persons and institutions:


Performance of Ephemeral, choreographed by Nina Gibson, lighting design by Katinka Marac

Performance of Ephemeral, choreographed by Nina Gibson, lighting design by Katinka Marac. Photo credit: Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet

Katinka Marac
Amsterdam, Netherlands

To support a residency at Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Katinka Marac is a Dutch lighting designer for contemporary dance and performance based in Amsterdam. The project involved her participation in the performance Ephemeral, an evening length work choreographed for seven dancers in which the lighting design was developed parallel to the choreography. The piece premiered in the Philadelphia Screendance Festival February 16-21, 2016.

 Beautiful Distress Foundation
Amsterdam, Netherlands

To support the Beautiful Distress Dutch artist-in-residence program at Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC), Brooklyn. The foundation was initiated by Dr. Wilco Tuinebreijer, Chief of Psychiatry at Amsterdam Municipal Health Services, with the support of professionals in business and the arts. Inspired by “Het VijfdeSeizoen” (The Fifth Season), a project that has run since 1998 in Den Dolder, Netherlands, Beautiful Distress seeks to internationalize the concept of exposing established artists to the realities of a psychiatric institutional setting, aiming to effect better policies for psychiatric care. In the pilot year, the foundation sent four artists from The Netherlands to KCHC’s Behavioral Health Center for 2-3 months each.


Dyckman Farmhouse
New York, NY

To support a five-day community program, November 4-8, 2015. Visitors to the program had the option of placing their faces into cardboard cutouts of paintings by artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn. This interactive experience helped to engage underserved audiences around the Dyckman Farmhouse in the rich history and influences of Dutch culture.

Marieke Warmelink
Amsterdam, Netherlands

To support the Embassy of Goodwill with its project One Hour of Free Help during the “Art in Odd Places” festival October 8-11, 2015 at Union Square in New York City. The project aimed to raise the social reputation of the Netherlands during a time of uncharacteristic intolerance and growing fear of dissidents and political fear-based populism. The Embassy of Goodwill encourages people to act with curiosity and openness to each other, to reclaim and reuse populism in a fertile and social way.

Gilette, New Jersey

To support the planning and facilitation of the celebration of King’s Day, organized by t’Klokhuis and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.


Highland Green Foundation
Stamford, CT

To support the travel of Dr. Kristel de Vis of the University of Antwerp to present her work at Fish Church in Stamford, Connecticut, during the symposium Conservation Conundrums for Dalle de Verre Sacred Spaces on September 26, 2015. Dr. De Vis is an expert on conservation of stained glass by polymer treatments. Her most recent work “The Consolidation of Cracks and the Fissures in Dalle de Verre” provides a crucial step in establishing good practices for conservation. The church was the first use of the Dutch technique “schokbeton” in the U.S. Water infiltration has since weakened the dalle de verre making up the stained glass walls of the building. 

Jacques Munnecom
Utrecht, Netherlands

To support the travel of Jacques Munnecom to present at the 47th International Horn Symposium August 2-8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Highly regarded professors presented lectures at the symposium, offering Munnecom useful information about the American horn tradition, strengthening his teaching in the Netherlands.

New Amsterdam History Center
New York, NY

To support the lecture New Netherland and New England Women Compared: Powers, Oppressions, Aspirations on March 31, 2016 at West End Collegiate Church in Manhattan. Four historians spoke on a particular demographic followed by a roundtable discussion involving the audience.


Marcel van Tiggelen, retired graffiti artist and co-curator, Graffiti-New York Meets the Dam addressing NAF Alumni tour. Photo credit: Victoria Lynford

Marcel van Tiggelen, retired graffiti artist and co-curator, Graffiti-New York Meets the Dam addressing NAF Alumni tour group. Photo credit: Victoria Lynford

Amsterdam Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

To support the exhibition Graffiti-New York Meets the Dam at the Amsterdam Museum September 18, 2015 through January 24, 2016. The exhibition built upon the Museum of the City of New York’s 2014 exhibition City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection and supplemented it with graffiti from the streets of Amsterdam. It demonstrated how graffiti from New York from the 70’s and 80’s influenced graffiti in Amsterdam. The show included 150 works ranging from sketchbooks to works on canvas by artists such as Keith Haring, graffiti tags, works on film and jean jackets.

Consul General of New York Rob de Vos and Marion de Vos with Kadir van Lohuizen. Photo credit: The Netherland-America Foundation

CGNY Rob de Vos and Marion de Vos with photographer Kadir van Lohuizen at Bronx Documentary Center

Consul General of the Netherlands in New York Rob de Vos and Marion de Vos with photographer Kadir van Lohuizen at Bronx Documentary Center. Photo credit: NAF

Bronx Documentary Center
New York, NY

To support the multimedia exhibition Via PanAm by Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen October 17-December 13, 2015. The artist’s visual investigation on migration in the Americas contains material from a 12-month trip along the Pan American Highway. His work’s relevance is based on the influx of South American immigrants to the Bronx. In order to extend his exhibition beyond the gallery, he worked with the Bronx Photo league to photograph immigrants in the community. The Center hosted six Bronx school groups for tours, screened four relevant documentary films and conducted a free immigrant rights workshop for the community.

Cecilia Vissers
Sint-Oedenrode, Netherlands

To support the exhibition Vissers/Tabatabai at the inde/jacobs Gallery in Marfa, Texas October 9, 2015 through January 9, 2016. Cecilia Vissers is a Dutch artist whose abstract, wall-based objects and installations are grounded in the remote and dramatic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland. She works with specialized industries in the Netherlands and Germany to obtain the right finish of the steel and aluminum wall plates. The book “BEYOND” was launched on occasion of the exhibition.

 Strandebeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. Photo Credit: City of Chicago, Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Strandebeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. Photo Credit: City of Chicago, Dept. of Cultural Affairs

City of Chicago–Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago, IL

To support the presentation of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen at the Chicago Cultural Center, February 6-May 1, 2016. Strandbeesten are large-scale kinetic sculptures with unique locomotion. This exhibition includes some of Theo Jansen’s newest sculptures and the never before seen Animaris Umerus Segundus, as well as retired sculptures, artist sketches, immersive video and photography by Lena Herzog, who has documented his work over the past seven years.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669). Woman Sitting Half-Dressed Beside a Stove, 1658, State VI of VII. Etching, engraving, and drypoint; sheet: 22.6 x 19.0 cm, plate: 22.8 x 18.7 cm. Harvard Art Museums, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA, gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray (G3261). Photo courtesy Harvard Art Museums. Photo credit:

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669). Woman Sitting Half-Dressed Beside a Stove, 1658, State VI of VII. Etching, engraving, and drypoint; sheet: 22.6 x 19.0 cm, plate: 22.8 x 18.7 cm. Harvard Art Museums, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA, gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray (G3261). Photo courtesy Harvard Art Museums. Photo credit:

Columbia University
New York, NY

To support the exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions at The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University September 9-December 12, 2015. The exhibition was curated by Robert Fucci of the Department of Art History & Archeology, Columbia University and David E. Finley, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). It presented 20-22 works, with 2 or more impressions (featuring reworks, additions, subtractions and radical changes) of each, totaling 65-70 images. A publication by the same name makes all the images publicly available.

Desirée van Hoek
Amsterdam, Netherlands

To support the photo exhibition The Row at The Woodbury School of Architecture in Los Angeles, California on October 8-25, 2015. Since 2008, photographer Desirée van Hoek has been travelling to Skid Row in Los Angeles, one of the U.S.’s poorest neighborhoods, focusing on the beauty instead of the drugs and violence.

Morgan Library
New York, NY

To support the exhibition Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece June 3-September 18, 2016. Completed when he was just 23 years old, Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver has long been recognized as the artist’s first masterpiece, demonstrating many of the characteristics that would come to define his style. Long held in a British private collection, the painting will be shown in the U.S. for the first time at the Morgan. The painting is one of very few Rembrandt works for which several preparatory drawings survive. The exhibition reunites the painting and the drawings for the first time since their creation.

Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY

To support the development of the first of three galleries in the exhibition New York City at its Core scheduled to open November 18, 2016. Gallery 1 is named “City of Masts” and focuses on the early Dutch history of New York City. Gallery 2 is named “20th Century New York” and Gallery 3 is named “Future of the City Lab”. The exhibition has a large educational component for children (field trips and programs), educators and the public. It is planned to stay for 10-15 years.

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
New York, NY

To support refurbishing of the display of the permanent collection in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture in 2016. There will be an area dedicated to “Dutch New York” featuring the collection emphasizing the Dutch roots and persistence of Dutch culture in New York well after the English conquest. Specifically the museum will build upon the work undertaken in collaboration with the Bard Graduate Center for the groundbreaking exhibition Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick, a textile trader who spent her life between Malacca and Flatbush, the extremes of the Dutch colonial world (an exhibition also supported by the NAF).

Randy Nutt
Miami, FL

To support a solo exhibition at the KunstGalerie Notre Dame des Arts, Ubbergen, Netherlands, October 1-November 1, 2016. Inspired by the light in the exhibition gallery, Randy Nutt created works specifically for this space. During his stay in the Netherlands, he studied Dutch contemporary art collections across the country and had a residency in Arnhem to create new works inspired by artistic experiences and cross-cultural interactions.

Installation shot of Speechless at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Photo credit: Perez Art Museum Miami

Installation shot of Speechless at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Photo credit: Perez Art Museum Miami

Perez Art Museum Miami
Miami, FL

To support Dutch artist team Bik Van der Pol (Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol) to make a site specific work. Speechless is a multilayered exploration of how we speak about the precarious state of the natural world. The work consisted of a custom-built aviary housing four parrots taught to mimic phrases from T.S. Elliot’s seminal 1922 poem, “The Waste Land,” comparing landscape devastated by war to the ecological devastation of today. Part poetic gesture and radical expression, Speechless addresses the power of language within political contexts, and our ability to understand and discuss environmental degradation. The work was inspired, in part, by recent debate in Florida’s state government regarding the use of controversial terms such as “climate change” and “global warming. Speechless was exhibited from August 13. 2015 through February 21, 2016.


Anne Frank Center USA
New York, NY

To support “Dutch Films in Focus”, part of the Center’s Human Rights Film Series. The Human Rights Film Series was part of the year-long program for the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the camps, the end of WWII and the death of Anne Frank. The movies, screened in November 2015, explore the lasting impact of the holocaust on survivors and their children, notions of nationalism and accountability and the enduring legacy of Anne Frank. 

Petra Noordkamp
Amsterdam, Netherlands

To support travel by the artist, Petra Noordkamp, to attend the opening of her film project commissioned by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum about “Cretto” in Gabellini, Italy (an enormous land art project of Alberto Burri). The film was screened at the Guggenheim in New York City on October 9, 2015.


American Composers Orchestra
New York, NY

To support Nieuw Amsterdams Peil to perform at Le Poisson Rouge for American Composer Orchestra’s festival SONiC on October 19, 2015. Sounds of a New Century (SONiC) is a 9-day festival highlighting more than 100 composers under 40. Besides Le Poisson Rouge, other venues used during this festival were Carnegie Hall, The Kitchen, the World Trade Center, Roulette, BAMcafe, The Joyce Soho and others. Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (NAP), formed in 2005, focuses on chamber music by composers of widely divergent musical trends. Their founding members, violinist Heleen Hulst and pianist Gerard Bouwhuis are specialists in the performance of new music.

Arise Kampen
Kampen, Netherlands

To support Arise Kampen on a tour entitled ArisetoLA to Los Angeles in 2015. In 2014, the Los Angeles-based Episcopal Chorale traveled to the Netherlands and performed with Arise Kampen. Arise Kampen in turn traveled to the U.S. in 2015 to again perform with Episcopal Chorale. The focus was on cultural exchange between the choirs by performing works by Händel and Vivaldi, gospel and negro spirituals of Episcopal Chorale and the gospels and Close Harmony of Arise Kampen.

Artists Alliance, Inc.
New York, NY

To support an immersive art installation and performance event inside the landmarked Clemente (PS 160) building on the Lower East Side, in which Artists Alliance, Inc. is located. The project, taking place November 2015 through January 2016, celebrated the building’s Dutch neo-gothic architecture and history and the enduring legacy of the Dutch roots of Manhattan. Visual artist and choreographer Gabrielle Mertz was commissioned for the project.

Cooperatie TAAK
Amsterdam, Netherlands

To support a Summer School program for Dutch and American students in Marfa, Texas. In the 70’s conceptual artist Donald Judd marked and shaped a unique artistic climate in Marfa. The program focuses on natural, sociological and cultural changes within the community in the last decades and the students work on their own projects around these themes. 


Early Music Foundation
New York, NY

In support of Música Temprana’s performance at Corpus Christi Church in Manhattan on October 17, 2015. Based in the Netherlands, Música Temprana is directed by Adrián Rodriquez van der Spoel.

Junior Jazz Unlimited Bigband performance at West End Collegiate Dhurch, New York City. Photo credit:

Junior Jazz Unlimited Bigband performance at West End Collegiate Dhurch, New York City. Photo credit:

Junior Jazz Unlimited
Amsterdam, Nethelands

To support a cultural exchange with the New York Jazz Workshop. Junior Jazz Unlimited, a big band with musicians 14–17 years old, part of the Amsterdam School for Music, has previously performed North Sea Jazz Festival, The Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bimhuis and Paradiso. During this trip they performed at several different venues including West End Collegiate Church, the Netherland Club of New York and Sylvana, a restaurant in Harlem.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY

To support the New York Premiere of The News by Jacob TV on April 14, 2015. Jacob ter Veldhuis (Jacob TV) began his career as a rock musician and went on to study composition and electronic music at the Conservatory of Groningen. He creates compositions for orchestras, ensembles, quartets, visual artists and film. The News is a 90-minute multimedia reality opera based on non-fiction footage, and involves a remix of musical composition, video production and social commentary expressed through performances by vocalists (Nora Fisher and Lori Cotler) and nine musicians (Fulcrum Point New Music Project).

Public Works Department
New York, NY

To support the production of Port Cities, an international performance event produced by Talya Chalef linking five cities along 17th century Dutch trade routes: Western Australia to Cape Town South Africa, Amsterdam, New York and the old port of Jakarta. The project explores the interconnected heritage of these cities. In New York, the performance investigated the ghosts of Wall Street, a musical score with generative projection visuals and performers who move, morph and mix between early settler icons and modern characters. Topics include the 2008 economic crash, 17th century Dutch Tulip Mania and archeological finds of the slave burial ground and Dutch trade ship in lower Manhattan. The event premiered in May, 2016.

Sarah Cameron Sunde
New York, NY

To support 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea at Oeral Festival and SAIL IJmuiden & Amsterdam. During this performance, New York-based artist, Sarah Cameron Sunde stands in a tidal bay for a full tidal cycle. Over the course of 12-13 hours the water engulfs her and recedes again. The project is a response to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York City, with iterations in Maine, Mexico and San Francisco. The long-term plan is to create live images of encounters between individuals and the sea on all six livable continents over the course of the next 3-5 years. It will culminate with a large-scale event in New York City with 100+ people standing in the water and thousands elsewhere around the globe, all considering sea-level rise on the same day in August 2020.

Search & Restore
New York, NY

To support legendary Dutch artists The Ex from Amsterdam to perform at Le Poisson Rouge during the Winter Jazz Fest on January 13-16, 2016. The Ex have been around for over 30 years, evolving and fueling their creativity with collaboration. They come from a puck rock aesthetic but have played with renowned drummers and saxophonists from the States and Africa. The Winter Jazzfest draws on average 5,000 spectators every year.

Tineke Postma
Kockengen, Netherlands

To support the American Jazz Collective Sonic Halo to perform in the Netherlands in April 2016. Sonic Halo is an American jazz collective, co-led by soprano saxophonist Greg Osby and alto and soprano saxophonist Tineke Postma. The collective was founded in 2013 from collaborations with New York City musicians over the past 10 years. Since then, they have played the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam), The Jazz Gallery (New York) and Leuven Jazz Fest (Belgium), receiving critical acclaim along the way. During their tour, Sonic Halo performed at 13 different venues.

Tineke Postma with legendary tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders at the University of Pittsburgh. Photo credit: University of Pittsburgh

Tineke Postma with legendary tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders at the University of Pittsburgh. Photo credit: University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

To support renowned Dutch jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader Tineke Postma to participate in the 45th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert November 7, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh. The 45th Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert was a weeklong series featuring renowned artists and free on-campus seminars at the University of Pittsburgh, and is the longest running of its kind. Ms. Postma conducted a performance clinic, a “Women-in-Jazz” interview, and a live internet performance between Amsterdam and Pittsburgh during the concert along with other jazz artists.


Nicolette C. Sluijter-Seijffert
Amsterdam, Netherlands

To support the English translation of Nicolette C. Sluijter-Siejffert’s Cornelis van Poelenburch (1594/5-1667): The Paintings The monograph includes a biography, Poelenburch’s position in the seventeenth-century art market, forerunners in Italy and the Netherlands and his oeuvre, including over 200 illustrations, many in color.


Foundation Hidden Narratives of Limburg
Eijsden, Netherlands

To support a three part oral history project entitled “Liberators of Color”. Part I comprises interviews with ‘children of color’, children born in 1944/45 from African-American fathers and Dutch mothers. Part II comprises finding relatives of the 155 African-American soldiers buried in at the WWII Cemetery in Margraten, Limburg. Part III is archival research to find records to put the stories of the children of color in perspective. The project will result in a website, documentary, story book and scientific research results.

Museum De Lakenhal
Leiden, Netherlands

To support curator Doris Wintgens Hötte’s travel to the United States in preparation for the exhibition Nelly & Peggy. Advocates of De Stijl.  The exhibition is scheduled for Fall 2017.

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Beautiful Distress Foundation
Amsterdam, Netherlands
To support the artist-in-residence program at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn. Beautiful Distress is a foundation initiated by Dr. Wilco Tuinebreijer, chief of psychiatry at Amsterdam Municipal Health Services (GGD), with the support of professionals in business and the arts. The foundation aims to use artwork to remove the stigma of psychiatric illness, and enable the public to better understand it. Inspired by project ‘Het VijfdeSeizoen’ (The Fifth Season), a project that has run since 1998 in Den Dolder, the Netherlands, the Beautiful Distress Foundation wants to internationalize the concept of exposing established artists to the realities of a psychiatric institutionalized setting by doing an artist in residence project at such an institution.

Ivo Bol
Brooklyn, NY
To support the residency of Ivo Bol, who was invited by choreographer Luis Lara Malavacias for a two week residency at Greenspan Centre in Brooklyn. During this residency Ivo Bol composed electronic music for Malavacias ‘new work “Not Meant To Be Reviewed”, commissioned by Danspace Project.
Julie Flohr
Chicago, IL
To support the residency of Julie Flohr at the EKWC@Sunday morning. While in residency, Julie plans to execute a personal artistic project, titled: “New Plastic Projections in Architecture”, which uses ceramics to apply political dimension to today’s architecture. Her project relates architecture’s structural and textural ornamentation to its politics. It will take on the form of an over scaled chess set; a hybrid between a miniature city and an over scaled product. The final product will be presented in ceramics.

Darryl Lauster
Arlington, TX
To support the residency of American Intermedia artist Darryl Lauster at Foundation id11, in Delft, Netherlands. The residency comprised of a one month site-specific research in the Noordoostpolder, a public lecture and video screening of the work.

Jason Sachs
Chicago, IL
To support the residency at the European Ceramic Workcenter in ‘s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in summer 2014. Jason is interested in the innovative new model for design: the fluidity of creative process between stages of concept, creation, formation and fabrication. He currently works on ‘Post-Objects’ which encompasses a range of possible outcomes, which depends on the customer and his/her needs. At the residency, he will continue experimenting with algorithmic computation and ceramic 3-d printing. He teaches at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sidney Scully
The Hague, Netherlands
To support the residency of Sidney Scully, a 20 year-old classical and contemporary dancer to perform with De Dutch Junior Dance Division based in the Hague. De Dutch Junior Dance Division is a group of seven young dancers, who perform, teach and study under the direction of Thom Stuart and Rinus Sprong.


The Anne Frank Center
New York, NY
To support the special exhibitions and programs for adults and students to honor the victims, survivors and “upstanders” of World War II, the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators during Spring 2015.

t’ Klokhuis King’s Day Celebration
New York, NY
To support the 2014 King’s day event at Battery Park, New York City.


Ivy Circle Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
To support the 2014 Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands on May 12, 2014.

New Netherlands Institute
New York, NY
To support a series of five lectures/workshops (60-90 minutes each), specifically designed to teachers at different locations in collaboration with other institutions. The lectures were held during Fall 2015 at the New York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York and the New York State Library.


Birmingham Museum of Art
Birmingham, AL
To support the exhibition Small Treasures: Masterpieces by Vermeer, Van Dyck, and Their Contemporaries from January 31-April 26, 2015. The exhibition is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on the exploration of small-scaled paintings by Dutch and Flemish artists. Small Treasures celebrates Dutch and Flemish portraiture, exploring the evolution of an intriguing aspect of northern European Art and exposing visitors to an often overlooked facet of these famous artists.

Bruce Museum
Greenwich, CT
To support the exhibition Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection from the Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna. The Bruce was the inaugural venue―and one of only two American showings―for this selective display of works from the Collection before its return to Vienna in the late 2015. The exhibition ran from September 2014 to April 2015.

The Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, MA
To support a major exhibition entitled Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark Art  Institute from June 14-September 13, 2015. This exhibition explores Vincent van Gogh’s lifelong fascination with nature, a theme that has received little attention in the past. On display are 40 paintings and 10-15 drawings, plus supporting material relating to his reading, source and influences. The exhibition is organized by the Clark’s curator Richard Kendall, former Van Gogh Museum curator Chris Stolwijk and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum Sjraar van Heugten.

Museum of  Craft & Design
San Francisco, CA
To support the exhibition of Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft from May 9-September 6, 2015 in San Francisco. This unique show presents objects crafted with digital technology, functional objects literally crafted or powered by plants, living environments that mimic natural systems and new design collectives that shape virtual experiences.

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Columbia University
New York, NY
To support the exhibition, Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions, curated by Ph.D. Candidate Robert Fucci of the Department of Art History & Archeology, Columbia University, and David E. Finley, Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) from September 9-December 12, 2015. It will present 20-22 works, with two or more impressions of each totaling 65-70 images. The variety of printing strategies is the primary focus. A publication will make all the images publicly available.

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Currier Museum of Art
Manchester, NH
To support the public programs associated with the exhibition M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion from September 20, 2014 to January 12, 2015. This retrospective was the largest and most comprehensive exhibit ever offered on M.C. Escher in the U.S. It contained his best-known works, early family portraits, original preparatory sketches and examples of lithographic stones and copperplates he used to print his later works.

The Hague, Netherlands
To support the exhibition The Frick Collection: Art Treasures from New York, held from February 5 to May 10 2015. The Frick Collection : Art Treasures from New York was the first major art exhibition to be displayed in the new wing of the Mauritshuis, which opened last year. The show presented 36 objects, which varied from the famous Portrait of the Comtesse d”Haussonville by Ingres to an intricate clock. Never before has such large and cohesive group of loans from The Frick Collection been shown outside of New York.

Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
To support a co-organized exhibition Asia in Amsterdam. Scheduled to open at the Rijksmuseum in the fall of 2015 and at PEM in early 2016. This exhibition explores the global reach of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century, the role that Asian goods played in Dutch lives, and the vibrant cross-cultural exchange of artistic motifs during the Dutch Golden Age. The travelling exhibition will be accompanied by a major scholarly publication that further explores the show’s themes and rich topics. 

Prospect New Orleans/US Biennial
New Orleans, LA
To support the presentation of renowned Dutch artist Remy Jungerman’s work at the New Orleans African American Museum during Prospect’s third international Biennale, held from October 25, 2014 to January 25, 2015.. This event featured 50 national and international artists who embody a diverse selection of views from the 20th and 21st century. Themes are class distinction, racial divide, and communal empathy vs. social intolerance. Remy Jungerman represented The Netherlands and his work was on display at the New Orleans African American Museum during the biennale. Originally from Suriname, identifying as Dutch, and having lived over 25 years in Amsterdam, Jungerman’s work mainly deals with Dutch colonization of Suriname and the long lasting social impact of the slave trade. His work was one of the main exhibitions at the event

San Francisco Jewish Community Federation
San Francisco, CA
To support the photo exhibition of Jews in Amsterdam, taken in 1943 by German-born photographer Annemie Wolff. The exhibit was showcased from mid-February through March 2015 at the San Francisco Goethe Institute. While preparing for an exhibition of Amsterdam harbor in 2002, Dutch photo historian Simon Kool happened upon an image taken by Annemie Wolff. He subsequently found 100 film rolls by the same photographer, portraits of Jews during WWII. Portraits not of victims, but of Jews attempting to continue to live their everyday lives. Dutch researchers have uncovered many of the names and stories behind the people in the pictures.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY
To support the exhibition Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-1960s, on view October 10, 2014 to January 7, 2015. The exhibition featured a chapter focused on the intersecting histories of Group Zero and the Dutch Nul group (1061-66) including artists: Armando, Jan Hendrikse, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven and Herman de Vries. The show also highlighted efforts made by the Dutch Nul group to connect with colleagues in other countries through landmark exhibitions that bring together artists with a shared vision.


Celebrity Series of Boston
Brookline, MA
To support Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Frank Martin’s “secular oratorio”, Le Vin Herbé, in a new English translation titled, The Love Potion, the Tale of Tristan and Isolt. This rarely staged work, produced by well known musicologist Hugh Macdonald, was presented in Brookline, Massachusetts November 19-23, 2014.

Celebrity Series of Boston
Boston, MA
To support the performance of Dutch violinist Janine Jansen along with accomplished pianist, Itamar Golan at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, featuring pieces by Prokofiev, Beethoven and Ravel.

Stichting Enveloppe
U.S. Tour
To support the performance of Oliver’s Cinema trio, comprising trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, cellist Jörg Brinkmann and accordion player Tuur Florizoone, to perform at the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 15, 2014. This trio performed 13 times over 16 days across the U.S including: California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, New York, Iowa, Virginia and Florida

Fusebox Festival
Austin, TX
To support free community activities around the presentation of the Dutch theatre ensemble Wunderbaum’s performance of Looking for Paul on April 18, 19 and 20, 2014. The free multi-day project consisted of three parts: Workshop, Performance and Reflection, in which the participating artists got familiar with devised theater instead of working off a script. The theater was a result of collaborative and improvised efforts.

Stichting Harp
Gorinchem, Netherlands
To support the performance of InnerAct-Canto Ostinato Audio Visual at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City in October 2014. InnerAct is an audiovisual performance with harp, electronic and visuals, based on the groundbreaking composition of “Canto Ostinato”. Three artists—harp player Gwyneth Wentink, electronic specialist Wouter Snoei and video artist Arnout Hulskamp―responded to each other on stage using their instruments and self developed software, determining who takes the lead according to the codes of “Canto”.

Laura Heit
Breda, Netherlands
To support the performance of The Matchbox Circus on October 5, 2014, which is performed by Laura Heit on a table top in a one ring circus. Tiny acts are played out on this miniature stage, while projected live on a screen, making the tiny little details of this portable variety show larger than life. It was originally commissioned by the Music Center of Los Angeles and performed as part of the International Los Angeles Toy Theater Festival in 2008.

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ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra
Amsterdam, Netherlands
To support ICP’s participation in the January 9-10,2015 Winter Jazzfest in New York City. ICP is a ten piece, innovative, improvising collective based in Amsterdam. It was founded in 1967 by Han Bennik and Misha Mengelberg. 

IKC Amsterdam
New Jersey, NJ
To support the performance of ROCCO, choreographed by ICKamsterdam’s directors, Ernio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. This special performance took place in February 2015 in Montclair, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Jacob’s Pillow
Becket, MA
To support the presentation of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2) during the 83rd Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2015. The Pillow will present NDT2 in 6 performances in the historic Ted Shawn Theater (620 seats) in July 2015. Under the artistic direction of Jiři Kylián, Nederlands Dans Theater pioneered a new form of contemporary ballet in the 20th century.

The Joyce Theatre
New York, NY
To support the presentation of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 at The Joyce Theater February 3-8, 2015. The performance featured Johan Inger’s I New Then” (2012), set to the music of Van Morrison; Sara (2013), by Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar; and Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot and Artistic Advisor Sol Leon’s Shutters Shut, based on a poem by Gertrude Stein, and Subject to Change, set to music by Franz Schubert.

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW)
New York, NY
To support the performance of Scenes from a Marriage, a collaboration between NYTW with internationally distinguished director Ivo van Hove to bring the stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s seminal 1974 work. Directed and conceived by Ivo van Hove in an English translation by Emily Mann, Scenes from a Marriage opened NYTW’s 2014/15 Season. In this piece, the rise and fall of one couple’s relationship is explored over the course of three decades.

New York Philharmonic
New York, NY
To support the participation of Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden who was among a select group of guest conductors invited to lead the New York Philharmonic during the 2014-2015 season. Maestro van Zweden conducted a series of seven concerts in November 2014 which featured the accomplished violinist Hilary Hahn as guest soloist.

De Stille Fanfare (The Silent Brass Band)
Amersfoort, Netherlands
To support the performance of De Stille Fanfare at the New York City Veterans Day Parade in November 2014. De Stille Fanfare is a walking theatrical act, fully decorated in costumes and complete with “instruments”. De Stille Fanfare marches by without playing a note, aside from the rhythm of the footsteps of the band members, there isn’t a sound.


Holland Tunnel Gallery
Brooklyn, NY
To support the publication of the Holland Tunnel Gallery Book.  Pauline Lethen opened her art space Holland Tunnel Gallery in Williamsburg in 1997 and has exhibited both Dutch and American artists. The book will include a full survey of all shows, artists and special events from 1997-2014.


Roos Plaatsman
Long Island City, NY
To support the recording of an album of songs written by Roos Plaatsman in April 2015. Plaatsman worked with Glenn Zaleski on piano, Scott Colberg on bass and Lawrence Lo Leathers on drums. All three musicians have a strong upbringing in the American jazz tradition.

 Cultural Grants 2013


Enver Husicic
Utrecht, Netherlands
To support the attendance of Utrecht-based Enver Husicic at the meeting Theater translation, the necessary impossibility in Waterford, Connecticut and New York City. The meeting focused on the impossible and possible in the art of translation. An international network of playwriters attended this event, which will be continued in 2015 in New York City. It offers both new insights and new connections, resulting in an expanding network and international opportunities.

Leiden International Film Festival
Leiden, Netherlands
To support the travel and accommodations for American filmmakers to “The America Indie Competition” at the Leiden International Film Festival. The films were screened three times during the festival in November, 2013.

Brendan Sliger
Hagerstown, MD
To support the cost of tuition and airfare for a week-long training program at the Theater aan de Parade in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in September 2013. The program was designed for young opera singers specified in Richard Wagner’s compositions and took place under the direction of famous Dutch conductor, Ed Spanjaard.

Youth Creates
Hoofddorp, Netherlands and Atlanta, GA
To support travel expenses and artist fees for an international artistic exchange between 7 Stages, located in Atlanta, Georgia and ArtsQuake, located in Hoofddorp, Netherlands in Summer 2013. The project enabled middle and high school students in the Netherlands and the United States to travel to the other country to trade ideas and perspectives while engaged in a creative process that former students have referred to as “life changing”.

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American Friends of the Mauritshuis
New York, NY
To support the cost of creating and launching a new website,


Five Dutch Days
New York, NY
To support special events during a two-week period in November. Five Dutch Days celebrates the ongoing influence of Dutch arts and culture in New York City. The 2013 program included a presentation of Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, by Russell Shorto, a private tour at the Frick Collection of Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, a tour of Roosevelt Island, an special evening with Dutch artist Joan van Barneveld at LMAK projects in Manhattan, and much more.

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‘t Klokhuis
New York, NY
To support ‘t Klokhuis’ Queen’s Day celebration at Battery Park on Sunday, April 28, 2013. The celebration drew families to lower Manhattan for an afternoon of Dutch food and games.


Historians of Netherlandic Art
Boston, MA
To support graduate students participating in the June 2014 conference organized by the Historians of Netherlandish Art and the American Association of Netherlandic Studies at Boston University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference promoted the art and culture of Dutch-speaking countries. Professor Dr. Maarten Prak of the University of Utrecht was one of the speakers.


Teylers Museum
Haarlem, Netherlands
The NAF donated an important collection of drawings by Dutch masters spanning the 15th-20th centuries including Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraaten, Gerrit Battem, Jacob Cats, Jan van Goyen, Aertgen van Leyden, Jan Lievens, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout and others to the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands. NAF Cultural Committee member and art collector Matthijs de Clercq had generously donated this substantial collection of drawings to the NAF with the recommendation they be donated to the collection of the Teylers Museum. The museum is a recipient of earlier NAF cultural grants.


The Frick Collection
New York, NY
To support final leg the American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, from October 2013 through January 2014. Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis, culminated in an array of education and public programs at The Frick. The Mauritshuis, housing one of the world’s most prestigious collections of Dutch Golden Age paintings, has not lent a large body of works from its holding in nearly 30 years. An extensive two-year renovation made this extraordinary opportunity possible.

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Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan
To support printing of an interpretive brochure for visitors to the exhibition Cyril Lixenberg: an Artist’s Journey from August through November, 2013. The exhibition celebrated the 81 years of the life and work of the popular contemporary Amsterdam-based Cyril Lixenberg, whose monumental sculpture and eye-popping, colorful screen prints were exhibited throughout Grand Valley State University’s buildings and campuses.

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Cyril Lixenberg is pictured in his studio in Amsterdam, April 7, 1965. Photo credit: Anton Haakman, Grand Valley State University. Cyril Lixenberg Archival Collection; gift of the artist.








High Museum of Art
Atlanta, GA 
To support the exhibition, including an array of education and public programs, of Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch paintings from the Mauritshuis from June 28–September 29, 2013.

May Gallery
New Orleans, LA
To support a large-scale exhibition created by Dutch artist Lotte Geeven following her two-month residency at the May Gallery, New Orleans from March through May 2014. Geeven’s installation based practice explores the dynamics of urban environments through careful observation of city communities.

MIT List Visual Arts Center
Boston, MA
To support the cost of an exhibition at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) List Visual Arts Center featuring an international group of artists, including Dutch artist Renzo Martens. The exhibition was organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and opened in May 2014. This exhibition addressed the role of the artists in an ever more complex and networked world.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA
To support the exhibition Rank and Status in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer (provisional title), planned for October 2015 through January 2016, which considers 17th-century Dutch paintings in light of the new Republic’s social structure. The distinction between classes will surface through the 75 selected paintings reflecting various socio-economic groups. Each gallery will focus and reflect on one specific class: upper, middle, lower, and as climax to the exhibition: a space where the classes meet. There will be a catalogue with contributions by several Dutch scholars and the exhibition will travel to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

The Phillips Collection
Washington, DC
To support a Scholars Day and Panel Discussion associated with Van Gogh Repetitions, a major loan exhibition organized by The Phillips Collection in association with the Cleveland Museum of Art from October 2013 through January 2014. Van Gogh Repetitions was the first exhibition of Van Gogh’s work in Washington, D.C. in 15 years and the first to focus on his process of producing more than one version of the same subject, works the artist referred to as “repetitions”.

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Parsons The New School for Design
New York, NY
To support the catalogue for the thesis exhibition in May 2013 for two MFA candidates Lilian Kreutzberger and Pieter Paul Pothoven at Parsons The New School for Design (Department of Art, Media and Technology). The catalogue presented the two artists’ work, as well as the work of their colleagues in the exhibition, and demonstrated the collaboration between Dutch students and an American educational institution.

Perez Art Museum Miami
Miami, FL
To support the exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World for the first time in a city that is the gateway to the Caribbean. The exhibition (April 18-August 17, 2014) highlights more than two centuries of rarely seen works—from paintings and sculptures to prints, photographs, films, videos and historical artifacts―dating from the Haitian Revolution (c. 1804) and includes work by artists from the Dutch speaking Caribbean and Latin American countries, as well as the United States.

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Rigaud Benoit, Flower Carnival (Carnaval des Fleurs), 1973. Oil on Masonite, 36 x 24 inches. Collection Milwaukee Art Museum, gift of Richard and Ema Flaff. Photo credit: Efaim L-ev.











Teylers Museum
Haarlem, Netherlands
To support the exhibition Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection in February through May, 2013. Clement Moore, a New York collector, assembled supreme examples 17th century works by draftsmen such as Rembrandt, Jan van Goyen, Aelbert Cuyp, Ferdinand Bol and others. Sixty of those treasures including landscapes, marine images, cityscapes, portraits, religious subjects were exhibited by the Teylers Museum. Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands opened the exhibition on February 5, 2013.

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Hendrik Haverkamp, Fisherman on a Riverbank with Town of Kampen in the Distance, 1585-1634. Black chalk, pen in dark brown and black ink, watercolor washes. The Clement C. Moore Collection, New York. Photo credit: Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 2013.










New York, NY
To support the cross disciplinary show HYPERISH, to be performed at the New Victory Theater, New York City, in Spring 2014. The show combines street culture break-dancing and skating are blended with contemporary dance and ballet. The show has toured for over 12 years in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Philadelphia and was invited by the New Victory Theater, near Times Square, to perform 15 shows in Spring 2014.

Ruben Naeff
New York, NY
To support a 10-minute musical work composed by Dutch artist (living in New York) Ruben Naeff for soprano, piano and cello. The work was commissioned by Lindsay Kesselman, member of the group Mirage. Mirage presents music of a diverse array of living composers, centered on the theme of breaking through invisible boundaries. Ruben Naeff is known for writing music that expresses the confusion of our contemporary world. The premiere of The Cloud will be scheduled in 2014.

Christina Viola Oorebeek
Amsterdam, Netherlands
To support American artist (residing in Amsterdam) Christina Viola Oorebeek’s presence at the performance of her piece Chromotoy 1.2 – Three Sketches for Schoenhut Toy Grand Piano, at the Uncaged Toy Piano Festival in New York City in December, 2013.  Many unusual instruments were used including self-made implementations.

Pasadena Arts Council
Pasadena, CA
To support the March 2014 performance of avant-garde Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis’ magnus opus, the multi-disciplinary reality opera, The News, at Fais Do Do in Los Angeles, CA. What’s Next Ensemble, a post-classical ensemble based in Los Angeles produced and performed the work.

The Royal Wind Music
Boston, MA
To support the performance of the Royal Wind Music at the Boston Early Music Festival in the Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory on June 16, 2013. Artistic leader Paul Leenhouts, now head of the Early Music department at the University of North Texas, conducted the performance.


Anouk Kruithof
Brooklyn, NY
To support material costs for Interpretations of a wall, a photographic sculpture by Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof reflecting on New York as a universe of contradiction. The project was presented at the International Studio & Curatorial Program’s Open Studio in Brooklyn, New York. The artist had a solo exhibition at Het Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in Spring, 2014

Andrew Molleur
‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
To support a three-month Young Participants Residency with the European Ceramic Work Center (EKWC) in ‘s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands from June through August, 2013. The EKWC is a non-profit workspace for the exploration for ceramics in both artistic and applied arts. Each year since 1991 the center has provided 45 national and international artists and designers the space and opportunity to work with ceramics for three months.

Pieter Paul Pothoven
Provincetown, MA
To support the project Cornerstone, a permanent sculpture in the public space made from a 4,800 lb. piece of white granite from the Mount Airy Quarry in North Carolina. The sculpture is an alternative to the existing Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown which commemorates the Mayflower ship’s first landing in 1620. Cornerstone offers both the celebration of this landing and also awareness of the non-white histories, in particular the Native American population. In collaboration with the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown) and the Pilgrim Monument, this project was finished in April 2014.

Arno Schuitemaker
New York, NY
To support a two-week residency in November 2013 at the Abrons Arts Center, a program of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City. During the period of the residency, Schuitemaker had the opportunity to work with New York-based writer James Geary, author of I is an Other, which serves as a source of inspiration for the project.

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Mitchell-lee van Rooij (foreground) with Arno Schuitemaker performing “I is an Other”. Photo credit: Jochem Jergems, 2013.

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