The Foundation gives unrestricted cash awards to individual artists for the continuation of their work. Grantees are selected by a panel of judges consisting of artists and art professionals, many of whom are previous recipients of an RHCF grant. Grantees have told us that our grants have made a significant impact on their ability to continue existing work and undertake new projects. We take great pride in the fact that many of our grantees have gone on to receive increased public recognition and appreciation. Some have work in the permanent collections of prestigious museums including the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while others are exhibited in numerous local museums and public spaces across the United States. The Foundation is honored to have provided grants to more than 150 artists, working in a variety of media, as they continue to enrich our culture, communities, and lives.

In 2012 the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundations celebrates 30 years of fulfilling Ruth’s vision of supporting individual artists. Given the continually shrinking pool of government financial support for the arts, we are grateful to be able to fill this vital financial need. We invite you to join us in supporting the work of artists for another 30 years!

Mission & History

The mission of the Foundation is to support the work of artists living and working in the United States and to foster a greater public appreciation for the arts.

Inspired by an appreciation of art and artists, the Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation was started in 1982 as a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. The Foundation was the vision of silversmith and jewelry designer, Ruth Chenven, and was realized by her husband, Harold Chenven, following her death. RHCF is operated entirely by the donated time and resources of a small group of Ruth and Harold’s friends and family, and through the generous contributions of donors who believe in the importance of supporting artists in all stages of their careers.