Announcing our 35 year anniversary! Details here.

The Ruth and Harold Chenven 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. Artists 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 major museums including the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while others are exhibited in numerous state and local museums and public spaces across the United States. The Foundation is honored to have provided grants to over 200 artists, working in a variety of media, as they continue to enrich our culture, communities, and lives.

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. The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation was started in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

The Foundation follows on the lifelong commitment to the arts by both Ruth and Harold. In their lives together, they provided support to the arts through the purchase and commission of work by potters, wood workers, jewelers, and visual artists of all kinds. As a silversmith and jewelry designer, Ruth was acutely aware of the challenges faced by artists. Her vision, to provide support to individual artists and craftspersons, was realized by her husband, Harold, following her death.

In May of 2017, Harold Chenven passed away – but his memory will continue to provide inspiration as the Foundation moves forward with its mission into the future.

In 2017 the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation celebrated 35 years of fulfilling Ruth’s vision. Please join us as we continue our mission