Dactyl Foundation

Dactyl Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization in New York City founded by New York-based artist Neil Grayson and novelist/philosopher of science V.N. Alexander.


Founded in 1997 in the "evening of the postmodern day," Dactyl Foundation supports an aesthetic that is informed by science, history, and philosophy. Dactyl hosts visual art exhibitions, readings, screenings, and performances, which are supplemented with research, conferences and lectures, "bringing the sciences back into the arts."[1][2][3][4][5][6] Dactyl Review is a 2.0 literary fiction review site created for and by the literary fiction community and offers a $1,000 annual prize for a novel or collection of short stories.

Notable projectsEdit

  • 1998 Stephen Jay Gould, Lecture hosted by The Antioch Review.
  • 1998 "One Painting & Drawings" with artist Judy Glantzman.[7]
  • 2000 "Chaos in Literature, Science and Art" with James P. Crutchfield.
  • 2001 "Paintings & Drawings" with artist Judy Glantzman.
  • 2001 "History, Memory, Trauma," Lecture by Dominick LaCapra, recipient of the Dactyl award for aesthetic theory, September 28, 2001.
  • 2002 "Phenomena+Existence No. 1" with artist Yelena Yemchuk.
  • 2003 "Paintings, Monoprints & Drawings" with artist Judy Glantzman.[8]
  • 2005 Poetics-Cognitive Science Colloquy with speakers John Ashbery, Angus Fletcher, Walter J. Freeman, Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker.[9]
  • 2004 "Dreamreaders" with artist Yelena Yemchuk.[10]
  • 2006 Fredo Viola, debut live performance.
  • 2006 Society for Science, Literature and the Arts 20th Annual Conference, co-hosted with the Center for Inquiry with speakers Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan, Eric Schneider, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • 2007 "FTW" with artist Sage Vaughn[11]
  • 2007 "Closed Casket," with street artist Neck Face.[12]
  • 2008 "Dialogues," art exhibition featuring Picasso, Goya, Max Ernst, Victor Hugo, Monet and other classic, Modern and contemporary masters, curated by Jan Krugier. This was Krugier's last exhibition.[13]
  • 2009 "Thirty-Year Retrospective" with artist Judy Glantzman.
  • 2009 Helena Christensen, United Nations, photography exhibition
  • 2010 Norman Lock's ShadowPlay receives Dactyl Foundation Literary Award.
  • 2010 photography by Helena Christensen for the Chernobyl Children's Project International
  • 2011 11th annual Gathering in Biosemiotics at Rockefeller University
  • 2011 David Schmahmann's The Double Life of Alfred Buber receives Dactyl Foundation Literary Award
  • 2013 Lindsay Hill's Sea of Hooks receives Dactyl Foundation Literary Award
  • 2016 Millbrook Literary Festival, Millbrook, NY


  1. ^ The Breakfast of Champions (New York Post February 24, 2010)
  2. ^ It's Madtown! (The New York Observer November 17, 2009)
  3. ^ Elle, Canada, Style de Rue (Elle (Canada) October 28, 2009)
  4. ^ Norman Jewison: Medal of Honor for Film Dinner (Panache Mag May 4, 2009)
  5. ^ Dactyl: interview w/ Neil Grayson (Métal Magazine (Barcelona) March 3, 2009)
  6. ^ Dactyl Art Feature: interview with Neil Grayson (Grand Life NYC March 1, 2009)
  7. ^ Schwabsky, Barry. "Glantzman. Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities," Art on Paper, March/ April,1999 p.62-63
  8. ^ Sheets, Hilarie. "ARTtalk," ArtNews, 2003 p.33.
  9. ^ Alexander, Victoria N. The Biologist's Mistress: Rethinking Self-Organization in Art, Literature and Nature. Emergent Publications. p. 246. ISBN 978-0984216550.
  10. ^ "Animal Instinct". New York Sun. November 12, 2004.
  11. ^ "The Art of Sage Vaughn: An Overreaction to Beauty". Malibu Magazine. May 2007.
  12. ^ "Closed Casket," Neck Face at Dactyl Foundation, Art Observed, October 2007 [1]
  13. ^ Kennedy, Randy. "Jan Krugier, Dealer in Modern Art, Dies at 80," New York Times. November 20, 2008. [2]

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