Throughout their lives as artists and educators, Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason have dedicated themselves to the promotion of visual arts as a tool for education and cultural expression. To this purpose, they created their foundation in 1998 with the stated mission of providing assistance to non-profit organizations engaged in furthering these activities.
The Foundation funds projects in the areas of art and art education, including art-making facilities such as classrooms, studios, residencies, academies and museums. We do not typically fund theatre, film, individual artists, or organizations that would use their award to fund other grants. Grants range from $500 – $10,000. Organizations must have a 501C3 status to apply.
The unique blend of Realism and formal discipline of Color Field painting sets the work of Wolf Kahn apart. Kahn is an artist who embodies a synthesis of artistic traits – the modern abstract training of Hans Hofmann, the palette of Matisse, Rothko’s sweeping bands of color, and the atmospheric qualities of American Impressionism. The fusion of color, spontaneity and representation has produced a rich and expressive body of work.
Mason has spent more than six decades exploring her distinctive vein of lyrical, luminous abstraction. Robert Berlind said of her in Art in America: “Mason works within the improvisational model of Abstract Expressionism, though notably without angst or bravado. Her oil on canvas paintings are distinguished by a sense of intriguing intimacy combined with uncompromising, though gentle, intensity.”