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MIT Establishes Visiting Artist Program With $1 Million Gift from Dasha Zhukova

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced today that they have received a gift of $1 million to establish the Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist Program. Endowing an ongoing residency organized by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, which is open to creators from across the disciplines of art, architecture, and design, this is Zhukova’s first major gift to a university and her first commitment towards supporting a visiting artist program.

The residency program is designed to support artists from a range of disciplines and embed them in the community at MIT for one to two year appointments. The first two residents will be for the 2016-17 academic year, extending through June 2018.

Dasha Zhukova is a Russian American philanthropist, entrepreneur, and art collector as well as the founder of Garage Museum for Contemporary Art in Moscow. Regarding her gift, Zhukova said: “I have always held an interest in science and technology, just as I have with the worlds of art and design, which is mirrored in my upbringing—my mother is a microbiologist and at the same time a lover of classical art. Recently, I have devoted a lot of my time and energies to projects at the intersection of technology and the arts; for me, the fusion of these worlds is where cutting edge creativity and innovation takes place.”