Your Support Matters
To honor and celebrate women in art and the world at large, we need to support the creation of a sculpture that captures the strength, wisdom, and beauty of a female figure in the same imposing scope and scale as Michelangelo’s David. Jyl Bonaguro, one of only a few large-scale female sculptors in the world, is committed to realizing this vision by creating a powerful, timeless 17 foot tall masterpiece from a single block of marble: Modern Athena.
To prepare for the Modern Athena Monument, Jyl Bonaguro is currently hand carving a 2,000-pound block of marble into a 48-inch scale version to exhibit in Chicago. Read the history of Modern Athena
Her fundraising goal is $400,000. Your tax-deductible contribution will help her obtain the marble, execute the carving over a 3 year period, exhibit it, and develop a documentary film to increase awareness of this important art form. To date, she is the proud recipient of 2021 grants from the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation $2,000 and the Illinois Arts Council Agency $3,225 for the Modern Athena sculpture.
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Monthly and One-Time Donations are available
Modern Athena Monument is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions made payable to Fractured Atlas for the purposes of Modern Athena Monument are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you receive a reward in exchange for your donation, the fair market value of that reward will reduce the tax-deductible portion of your donation. The value of the reward you receive will be included in your donation receipt.
Art Lover | $10 Donation
Receive a Personal Email from the Artist. Full of heartfelt thanks and containing her favorite 5 digital images selected from sculpting Modern Athena, Chicago, Athens, Pietrasanta and Carrara that can be used as screen savers or small prints. Donate
Art Trendsetter | $45 Donation
Wear the Artist. You will receive an 3×5 inch Iron-On of the sculpture of the Modern Athena and a hand written thank you note. Apply onto cotton, polyester, spandex, denim, and many other fabrics and be your own Modern Athena. Donate
Art Supporter | $100 Donation
Support the Artist. You will receive a limited edition 8×10 inch print of the 48 inch tall hand carved marble sculpture of the Modern Athena taken by photographer Joseph Kayne and a hand written thank you note. This is still in process. Teaser image only. Eta Sept 2021. Donate
Art Sponsor | $500 Donation
Sponsor the Artist. You will receive an original 11×14 inch unframed charcoal drawing of your choice for your collection (wings – figurative – landscape), a personal studio visit, and a piece of Italian marble. Plus mentioned as a Sponsor in media. Donate
Art Benefactor | $1,500 Donation
Be a Benefactor. You will receive an original 22×30 inch Chinese ink painting on Fabriano paper of a wing of your choice, a personal studio visit, and a piece of Italian marble. Plus mentioned as a Benefactor in media. Donate
Art Collector | $3,000 Donation
Grow Your Collection. You will receive an original hand carved 24H x 12W x 1D inch incised (Intaglio) marble sculpture of feathers from her latest series that will hang on a wall, a personal studio visit, plus mentioned as a Collector in media. Donate
Art Influencer | $10,000
Be Bold. You will receive a limited edition cast version of the 30 inch Modern Athena created by hand using polished cast marble and tinted to your color of choice, personal studio visits, plus mentioned as an Influencer in media. Donate
This program is partially supported by grants from the following:
Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation
Illinois Arts Council Agency