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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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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.

Modern Athena Monument Sculpture Donate Sculptor Artist Jyl Bonaguro
Jyl Bonaguro carving the 48 inch tall marble Modern Athena in her Chicago studio, photo: Joseph Kayne

This program is partially supported by grants from the following:

Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation
Illinois Arts Council Agency

The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Illinois Arts Council Agency