The Albert M. Bender Grants-In-Aid were grants awarded to Bay Area residents who wanted to complete projects in art, literature,
and photography. The yearly contest was administered by the San Francisco Art Association from 1942 to 1953. The trust was
first formed in 1941 after Bender’s death and the first grants were awarded in 1942.
Albert M. Bender (1866-1941) was born in Dublin, Ireland, but moved to the United States as a teenager. As an adult, he supported
the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area through the patronage of Bay Area artists like Ansel Adams. He also helped support
universities like Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Mills College, as well as organizations
like the San Francisco Public Library, the San Francisco Museum of Art (later the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), and
the California School of Fine Arts (later the San Francisco Art Institute).
The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is a private fine arts college which dates back to 1874 when the San Francisco Art
Association, an organization founded in 1871 to promote and exhibit local artists, first began offering art classes to the
public. The school was known as the California School of Design from 1874 through 1916, and the California School of Fine
Arts from 1916 through 1961, when it became the San Francisco Art Institute.
7 boxes of paper documents
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