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 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 close to 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. Inspired by an appreciation of art and artists, 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 Chenven. 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. They raised their children to share this love of the arts and supported the artistic aspirations and achievements of children, grandchildren, and extended family. 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 brought into being by her loving husband, Harold, following her death. He continues to provide inspiration and support as the Foundation moves forward with its mission into the next generations of family, friends, and donors.

In 2012 the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation celebrated 30 years of fulfilling Ruth’s vision of supporting individual artists. Believing that artists play a vital role in our civic society, the Foundation has been honored to be able to help provide support. We invite you to join us in supporting the work of artists for another 30 years!