MARCH 15 2016
MARCH 30 2016

A juried exhibition presented by CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART  &  Millennium Arts Salon 

For funders

Exhibition and Funding Proposal for   

CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART, a Washington, DC gallery specializing in the contemporary Art of Social and Political Change, and MILLENNIUM ARTS SALON, a 501-C-3 organization dedicated to advancing cultural literacy, are seeking foundation and corporate underwriting for a juried art exhibition to open early next year titled “THE ONE PERCENT: Visualizing Income Inequality in America.”
The exhibition will present 35 to 50 works of fine art which address the growing inequality of income and concentration of wealth in the United States and its impact on the country’s social cohesion and governance. The increasing percentage of the nation’s wealth accruing to the top one percent of the U.S. population is expected to be a defining issue in this year’s Presidential election. 
The art to be displayed in THE ONE PERCENT exhibit will be selected by a jury of distinguished art experts from a larger pool of work submitted in response to an Open Call for submissions to be circulated ithis month.
The Open Call announcement will provide artists with the technical details and rules for submission and explain what its organizers hope the exhibit will accomplish. Our primary objectives are to: 1) raise awareness of and help focus the public’s attention on the causes and impact of growing income inequality in the United States; 2) provide visual images that will help voters and the public at large understand the complexities of the issues and the trade-offs inherent in promises the Presidential candidates make to reduce the gap between rich and poor; and 3) strengthen our democratic system by providing a means and a model for the nation’s creative community to engage with, and influence, this and other issues of national and international concern.
The Open Call for THE ONE PERCENT exhibit will be distributed as widely as possible using social media platforms; it will encourage submissions from  artists resident in the United States (without regard to their nationality) and from artists holding US passports living abroad. Submissions which appear to come from artists paid by third parties to create work for the exhibit will be disqualified. The Open Call announcement will encourage submissions that recognize “enlightened philanthropy” as an important, if sometimes overlooked, facet of the income equality debate.
THE ONE PERCENT exhibit is the fourth Open Call exhibit organized and presented by CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART in partnership with Washington’s MILLENNIUM ARTS SALON since 2013. Previous exhibits addressed such issues as gun control (The Newtown Project: A Call to Arms! and a follow-on exhibit, The Newtown Project: Art Targets>GUNS) in January and April 2013; and the impact of political paralysis in Washington (LINES DRAWN: America’s Artists Look Beyond the Politics of Red and Blue) in October/November 2014. 
The gallery’s founding director, Charles Krause, is a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, CBS News and The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (later The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer) and a former senior executive at APCO Worldwide, a strategic communications and government relations consultancy based in Washington.
During his years as a correspondent and communications consultant, Mr. Krause observed the leading role artists often played advocating on behalf of human rights, rule of law, social justice and political change in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Yet, with the exception of China, their art---and the role it played influencing the speed and direction of change---was unknown or largely discounted in the United States, where politically and socially engaged art addressing contemporary social and political issues is rarely exhibited in museums or private galleries due largely to the stigma attached to it during the McCarthy Era and concerns that exhibiting it now  could adversely impact public and private sources of funding.
THE ONE PERCENT: Visualizing Income Inequality in America exhibit planned for 2016 is part of a larger effort, begun by Mr. Krause with the opening of his gallery in 2011, to  
1) increase awareness and interest in political and socially engaged art in the United States by demonstrating the originality and artistic merit of such art created outside the United States, and 2) encourage artists in the United States to produce politically and socially engaged art by creating a market for it in this country.
Funding Proposition for Foundations and Corporations
CHARLES KRAUSE/REPORTING FINE ART and its partner, Washington’s MILLENIUM ARTS SALON, a 501-C-3 organization (see Attachment 1), hope to secure sufficient foundation and corporate financial support for THE ONE PER CENT: Visualizing Income Inequality in America exhibit to:
  • undertake a robust, far-reaching social media campaign to ensure that the Open Call announcement reaches a large enough percentage of the Nation’s artists to signal new interest in political art and increase the quantity and quality of works submitted for consideration by The One Per Cent Exhibit jury;
  • provide stipends to the jurors who will select the work to be displyed;
  • provide a prize of at least $500 to each artist whose work is selected for the exhibit;
  • cover installation expenses, insurance and security for the exhibit during its presentation in Washington and in two or three other U.S. cities during calendar year 2016;
  • develop and launch an Exhibit website; publish printed materials about the exhibit and the issues it addresses.
 A detailed budget is being finalized. Inquiries and requests for additional information should be addressed to:
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Trickle Down by Anatol Zukerman (oil pastel drawing, 14" x 17") 2012
Newtown Project: A Call to Arms!  Poster by Jerzy Janiszewski / 2013
Newtown Project: Art Targets>G Poster / 2013
A Face in the Crowd by Jeanie Neyer (charcoal and acrylic, 36" x 24") 2014