Our Mission

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation promotes 3-dimensional art by giving award grants to sculptors, institutions and curators. We care deeply about the fostering of creative development in the sculptural space to encourage innovation and elevation of this unique art form, and are inspired by the pieces and narratives we have the opportunity to view and experience year after year. The awards allow for the development of new work, art residencies, visiting artist positions and curated presentations and publications.

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Our Story

Candice B. Groot created the foundation with the belief that it had the potential to change artists’ lives. As an artist, educator, collector and visionary, Candice dedicated her life’s work to furthering the creative development of artists everywhere.
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Artists in Leadership

Our foundation is created and managed by artists who understand and examine the life and energy captured in every sculptural art piece. We have carefully curated a leadership team that has the valuable insight and experience necessary to serve our artists and the public they reach.
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Vice President


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The Virginia A. Groot Foundation has championed the sculptural and ceramic space for over 30 years. The dedication of contributing artists in our publication highlights artistic evolution and our foundation’s ever-growing legacy.
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