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Mission Statement

West Broadway studio, 1985
Photo Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy

The Al Held Foundation is charged with the stewardship of Al Held’s art and creative legacy. The Foundation’s mission is to foster the appreciation and advancement of the principles of modern art and the public’s understanding of Held’s contribution to art of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated by Al Held in 1990. Since Held’s passing in 2005, the Foundation has facilitated the organization of exhibitions, supported artists, promoted scholarly research, and conducted educational programs in the United States and internationally.

Our offices are located in Al Held’s former home and studio, a dairy farm purchased by Held in 1965. Situated in the Catskill Mountains region of New York State, the property joined the National Register of Historic Places in 2021.

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