Nimoy's Foundation To Give $425,000 To Arts

By Michelle
May 25, 2006 - 8:12 PM

Leonard Nimoy (Spock)'s charitable foundation will donate $40,000 to Ohio State University's contemporary arts center, one of 21 institutions to which Nimoy and his wife intend to contribute more than $400,000.

Since retiring from acting and directing, Nimoy has focused his attention on photography, publishing the book Shekhina among other projects. "Actors contribute to a presentation, but there is no object that comes out of the work...I love the idea that I can get up in the morning with an idea and by the end of the day have something that I can give to you, hang on the wall or give to a gallery," he explained to Akron's Beacon Journal.

ABC quoted the 75-year-old Nimoy as saying that contemporary art makes viewers explore their own minds, which he finds exciting. "To go to that rather than run away from it is where the excitement is - to explore it, ask questions about it, research it, talk to people about it," he explained.

Susan Bay-Nimoy is the vice-chairwoman of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. On Thursday she and her husband toured Ohio State's Wexner Center for the Arts.

Since its creation in 2003, the Nimoy Foundation has given the Wexner Center $90,000 to fund artists-in-residence.

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