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Luise Kaish, FAAR'72

Luise Kaish, FAAR'72
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Luise Clayborn (nee Meyers) Kaish, FAAR'72, died in New York City on March 7th after a brief and challenging battle with cancer. She was 87. A sculptor of soaring ambition and achievement, and a painter of gem-like abstractions, she leaves a remarkable legacy.


Luise Kaish received her BFA magna cum laude and MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, where she studied with the renowned Croatian Sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, and as a graduate student, created her first large commissioned work, The Saltine Warrior, which stands on the campus today.
 
Luise Kaish was a Rome Prize Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and was awarded the Arents Pioneer Medal from her alma Mater, Syracuse University. As a recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant she studied bronze casting with Bruno Bearzi in Florence, Italy who saved and re-cast the Ghiberti “Doors of Paradise”. Other awards include the  Augustus Saint-Gaudens Fellowship, Honor Award, GRA, AIA, Everson Museum Award and the H.H.Sullivan Award, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery.
 
Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY;  the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of  American Art , Washington DC; the Jewish Museum, NY; the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, NH;  the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; the National Academy Museum, NY;  Export  Khleb, Moscow.
 
Among her numerous commissions were the massive bronze “Ark of Revelations” for
Temple  B’rith  Kodesh with  architect Pietro Belluschi; “La Lumiere”, Continental Grain Co. NYC; “Christ in Glory” Holy Trinity Mission Seminary, MD; the bronze Ark for Temple Beth Shalom Wilmington, DE.
 
She was Professor Emerita of Columbia University, where she Chaired the 
Division of Painting and Sculpture. She has been Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; the University of Haifa, Israel and the University of  Washington, Seattle, WA . She served as guest lecturer, critic and panelist at numerous institutions and conferences.
 
Luise was a Trustee Emerita of the American Academy in Rome, where she served on the 
Executive, Finance and Fellowship Awards Committees, served as Trustee and Executive
Member, Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial, National Park Service, on the board of the 
Sculptors Guild, and on the New York City Fine Arts Commission nominating committee. 
Luise Kaish lived and worked in New York City.