Nasher Foundation/Raymond D. Nasher
Foundation Arts Patron, Dallas
The Nasher Foundation is headed by founding Chairman and President Raymond D. Nasher. The goals of the foundation are the following: to care for and preserve the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection and to enhance its accessibility to the public; to foster scholarly research into the interpretation of modern and contemporary sculpture; to support research studies on the conservation of sculpture; to support art education programs; and to develop other programs, principally in the arts, but also in public policy, medical research, and education. The Foundation’s program is internally developed.
The Foundation’s major project to date is the development and ongoing support of the Nasher Sculpture Center, a new institution dedicated to the exhibition, study, interpretation and conservation of world art, with a special emphasis on modern sculpture. Through exhibition and education programs, it strives to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of sculpture for as wide and diverse an audience as possible, from regional to national and international. The Nasher Sculpture Center shall also devote its resources to the fields of art scholarship and conservation studies.
The Center opened in October 2003 in the downtown Dallas Arts District. It was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with noted landscape architect Peter Walker. The Center includes a 1.5 acre garden and a 54,000 square foot building for the display of the widely acclaimed Nasher art collection, other exhibitions, and education activities.