Gifts and Promised Gifts from the Collection of David Horvitz and Francie Bishop Good
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David Horvitz and Francie Bishop Good’s promised gift of 100 works from their highly regarded collection of contemporary art in 2015 was a transformative gift for the museum’s 7,000-work collection (several of which have since been gifted outright). With an emphasis on multi-cultural and women artists, it filled a gap in the museum’s encyclopedic holdings, and included numerous pivotal works in the artists’ careers, and also provided a comprehensive overview of contemporary art from 1978 to 2013.
Among the artists represented are: Cecily Brown, E.V. Day, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernandez, Nan Goldin, Barbara Kruger, Ana Mendieta, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, Amy Sillman, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Mickalene Thomas, and Kara Walker.
The promised gift is part of Realizing Potential: The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University, the largest philanthropic campaign in the university’s 52-year history and in the history of Broward County. $250 million will be raised through this campaign. Another $300 million will come from sponsored research, service, and training programs.
Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator said, “Francie and David are shining models for the community and passionate and knowledgeable collectors who have again demonstrated their generosity and commitment to the museum and our mission. They have played an exemplary role in supporting artists by purchasing art early in their careers, exhibiting their work at their alternative space, Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale and supporting exhibitions and programs in art institutions throughout the region.”
David Horvitz, Chair Emeritus, NSU Art Museum Board of Governors, and Francie Bishop Good, current Chair, are leading collectors and advocates of the arts who have been members of NSU Art Museum’s Board of Governors since 2007. Francie Bishop Good is an artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. In addition to their promised gift of artworks by women and multicultural artists, the couple has made $3.2 million in challenge grants to the museum since 2014, all of which have been successfully fulfilled. In 2006, the couple established the Fort Lauderdale alternative art space, Girls’ Club, whose mission is educating the public, nurturing the careers of female artists, and serving as a resource for students, scholars, curators and practicing artists on the contributions of women to the field of contemporary art.