Press Release

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s Cobra Collection Receives NEA Support with $25,000 Art Works Award

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 10, 2016 – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced today that NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is the recipient of a $25,000 Art Works award that will go toward the conservation of its historically significant collection of Cobra art produced by European avant-garde artists in response to World War II.

NSU Art Museum’s Art Work award is part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016 and is among $82 million of funding for local arts projects and partnerships. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator said, “NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale has the largest collection of Cobra art in the United States, thanks in large part to donated works from the Golda and Meyer Marks Collection. Conservation of this collection is a priority. This NEA award helps establish NSU Art Museum as the leading scholarly destination for Cobra art in the United States and helps ensure that these artworks will be accessible to current and future visitors and scholars alike.”

NSU Board of Governors member Linda Marks states, “My late parents were passionate collectors of Cobra art and were honored to donate their extensive collection to the museum. We are grateful to the NEA for recognition of the importance of preserving these fragile works for exhibition and posterity.”

Cobra, a bold and vibrant art movement named for its artists’ home cities (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam), was born in reaction to the devastation of World War II and lasted from 1948 – 1951. The movement has had an important influence on the development of modern and contemporary art. Cobra artists defied the rules and sought a form of artistic expression without constraint. Study of the Cobra art movement has led to greater understanding of acts of resistance and political movements that continue to influence current events.

NSU Art Museum’s Cobra Collection numbers 1,600 works and its works are frequently in demand by other museums. Works from the collection are currently featured in the exhibition War Horses: Helhesten and the Danish Avant-Garde at Denmark’s Carl-Henning Pedersen Museum through August 2016. (exhibition co-organized by NSU Art Museum).

NSU Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition Human Animals: The Art of Cobra will be on view in Fort Lauderdale from July through September 2017. The exhibition opens at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst, and will be on view there from September through December 2016.

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For additional information about NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, visit or call 954-525-5500.

Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by Nova Southeastern University, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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