About The Dorothea Tanning Foundation


Established in 1997, The Dorothea Tanning Foundation is dedicated to preserving the artist’s legacy and fostering a broader public understanding of the artist's art, writing, and poetry.  The Foundation maintains an archive that provides access to the works of Dorothea Tanning through documentation, presentation and interpretation. Current projects include the compilation of a catalogue raisonné that fully documents works by the artist; facilitating museum exhibitions through loans and research assistance; and developing and disseminating educational information and scholarly resources through this educational website devoted to the artist’s work.  Located in New York City, the Foundation is open to researchers and scholars by appointment.

The Dorothea Tanning works in tandem with its sister organizaiton, The Destina Foundation.

About The Destina Foundation


Based in New York, The Destina Foundation was established in 2015 to distribute the art and assets of Dorothea Tanning’s Estate for philanthropic purposes. Through both direct program activities and grants, the Foundation aims to encourage public knowledge and appreciation of the visual, performing and literary arts, and to support creative expression, reproductive freedom, environmental stewardship, and humanitarian efforts, which were so important to its benefactor. The Foundation also works in partnership with The Dorothea Tanning Foundation to manage the artist’s archive and educate the public about her enduring cultural contributions.

The Destina Foundation is proud to have established the Dorothea Tanning Award as part of the Grants to Artists Program of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. This annual award provides an unrestricted grant of $40,000 to an artist whose work shares the spirit of independence and imagination that characterizes Dorothea Tanning's own career. The inaugural award was made in 2017  to the poet Liz Waldner. For more information about Liz Waldner, the Dorothea Tanning Award, and FCA's Grants to Artists program, please visit FCA's website.