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 Luise M. Kaish  (1925 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: expressionist sculptor, religious figure

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BIOGRAPHY for Luise Kaish
1925 (Atlanta, Georgia)
New York

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Luise Kaish, a sculptor of religious figures, was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1925. She now lives in New York City. Kaish received a B.F.A. degree in visual arts in 1946 from Syracuse University in New York, and an M.F.A. there in 1951, when she studied with Ivan Mestrovic. In between degrees, Kaish studied at the Escuela de Pintura and Escultura in Mexico City. Following her M.F.A., she attended, in 1951-1952, the Instituto d'Arte in Florence, Italy, studying stone carving and bronze casting.

In 1951, while yet an M.F.A. candidate at Syracuse, Kaish, after winning a School of Art competition, was commissioned to sculpt the ten-foot high bronze "Saltine Warrior," mascot of the University sports teams, which stands outside the Shaffer Art Building on campus.

Kaish's career has seen commissions for many religious works, including figures of Christ, Holocaust memorials, menorahs, and arks and ark doors. Commissioning institutions and businesses include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Jewish Museum, in New York City; Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem, Israel; Export Khleb, Moscow, Russia; Holy Trinity Mission Seminary, Silver Spring, Maryland; Temple Beth Shalom, Wilmington, Delaware; and Container Corporation of America.

She has exhibited at the American Academy in Rome, Italy; Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul; Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; the Jewish Museum; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; and the Staempfli Gallery, New York City.

In 1998, Kaish had an exhibition of her work, "The Colors of Seasons," at Columbia University in New York City, where she had been a professor of painting and sculpture for many years, was chairman of the Division of Painting and Sculpture from 1980 to 1987, and is currently professor emeritus.

Kaish received a grant from the Tiffany Foundation in 1951; fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1959; and a Rome Prize fellowship from the American Academy in Rome in 1970. She has been a member of the Sculptors Guild in New York City since 1962. She became an Academician of the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1995.

Source: Jules and Nancy Heller, "North American Women Artists of the 20th Century"

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