Links between Carnegie and Warhol

  • Andy Warhol was born in Andrew Carnegie’s adopted hometown of Pittsburgh on 6 August 1928
  • He took free art classes as a child at the Carnegie Institute, now the Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Warhol later attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) from 1945 to 1949.  He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Pictorial Design with a view to becoming a commercial illustrator
  • Following the death of Warhol in February 1987, his bequest directed that the vast majority of his estate be used to create a foundation dedicated to the ‘advancement of the visual arts’
  • On 29 September 1989, The Andy Warhol Foundation signed an agreement with the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh and the Dia Center for the Arts, New York to create The Andy Warhol Museum
  • In 1991 the Foundation made a grant of $2,000,000 to help pay for the renovation of the museum building, which stands only a few miles from what was Warhol’s childhood home, and from Carnegie Mellon University, formerly Carnegie Institute of Technology, where Warhol received his training in art
  • The Foundation’s original gift to the Museum consisted of more than 3,000 works of art.
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