Key Focus Area

Art

The Opportunity

The Parker Foundation acquires works of art that are held in trust for the public and are made available for public display, research and education. To advance this mission, the Parker Foundation places its artwork on rotating loans to various museums both in and outside the United States and encourages the museums to include educational programming around the loaned works, such as curatorial lectures, public programs, and symposia. When not on loan, the works are stored at a specialized art facility that preserves the art for future generations and allows students and scholars to conduct research.


About the Collection

Established in 2016, the Parker Foundation art collection includes approximately 150 objects. It features work from cultures around the world, including the arts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The collection also spans twenty centuries, from Ancient, Renaissance, and Baroque art to Modern and Contemporary art. Care, conservation, and exhibition of the collection are held to museum industry standards.


Mission Values

1. To make works of art available for public display through rotating museum loans, which serve and are accessible to global audiences.

2. To develop a research library related to the collection for support of academic and curatorial study. 

3. To encourage scholarly research on the works of art.

4. To collect additional objects to enhance the depth and breadth of the collection.

5. To properly conserve and steward the collection to ensure its long-term preservation and care.


Loan Requests

The Parker Foundation considers loan requests that align with its mission to make art accessible for public benefit. To be considered, please e-mail loan requests to art@parker.org