The Present Group imagines and builds tools for creators. As an arts based think-tank and creative studio, they focus on leveraging new technologies in support of the arts.The Present Group was founded in 2006 by Eleanor and Oliver Wise out of the desire to create affordable and sustainable models for funding artists. In their first three years, their subscription art project has channeled over $20,000 toward funding artist projects, stipends, and development of critical essays. In May 2010 they began a web hosting project where a portion of the fees fund prizes for contemporary artists. Hosting clients get to vote on the recipient of each grant.
Oliver Wise, Co-Director