Pollock-Krasner: In Memoriam, Charles C. Bergman, 1933 / 2018

In Memoriam: Charles C. Bergman

1 May 1933 – 25 February 2018

We mourn the passing of our dear friend and mentor Charles C. Bergman, who died on February 25 at age 84. From the inception of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, Charlie was committed to our mission, providing crucial support and guidance as we developed, and was instrumental in shepherding our successful 2012 endowment drive.

Charlie with “Pollock” star Ed Harris at the 2012 Stars of Stony Brook Gala, which raised more than $1 million for the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center’s endowment.

As the longtime chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Charlie directed over $67 million in grants to artists in 77 countries. He was a leader in the field of artist-endowed philanthropy and played an active role in numerous organizations, including the Aspen Institute, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the New York City Cultural Affairs Commission and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Charlie was a true gentleman whose kindness and concern for others were hallmarks of his personal and professional relationships. Unfailingly generous with his advice, understanding and encouragement, he cared deeply about the well-being of the artists whom the Pollock-Krasner Foundation  supported. He often acted quietly but effectively behind the scenes to further the causes in which he believed. We will miss his wisdom, sharp insights, diplomatic finesse and puckish sense of humor.

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

A National Historic Landmark
The museum will be open March 24 – 25
We will re-open on Thursday, May 3  


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