Oakland Museum Awarded NEA Grant for Exhibition on Famed Modernist Jeweler

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OAKLAND, CA.- The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) a grant of $20,000 to support the development of the forthcoming exhibition Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta. Premiering at OMCA in February 2012, the exhibition—which features new scholarship and a comprehensive look at the Modernist artist—is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The Oakland Museum of California is one of 1,057 not-for-profit organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute $26.68 million to support projects nationwide. “Margaret De Patta’s jewelry is a stunning example of a California pioneer making her mark on the national stage,” says Executive Director Lori Fogarty. “OMCA houses over 1,000 pieces of studio craft made after 1945, including