LUISE C. KAISH

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Obituary

KAISH--Luise Clayborn , died in New York City on March 7, 2013. A sculptor of soaring ambition and achievement and a painter of gem-like abstractions, she leaves a remarkable legacy. Luise was among the first women to receive the American Academy in Rome Prize. A Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of a Louise Comfort Tiffany Grant, she was awarded the Arents Pioneer Medal, her alma mater's highest honor. She received her BFA magnum cum laude and MFA from Syracuse University, where she studied with the renowned sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, and as a graduate student, created her first large commissioned work, The Saltine Warrior, which stands on the campus today. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Smithsonian Institution; the Jewish Museum; the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College; the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery; the National Academy Museum. 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; "Wall of Martyrs", Temple Beth El, New Rochelle, NY; and 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 was the first woman Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College, the University of Hiafa, Israel, and the University of Washington, Seattle. She served as guest lecturer, critic, and panelist at numerous institutions and conferences. Luise was a Trustee Emerita of the American Academy in Rome, served on the Augustus-St. Gaudens Memorial, National Park Service, the board of the Sculptors Guild, and the New York City Fine Arts Commission. Luise Kaish lived and worked in New York City. Ever creative, it was her wish that her ashes travel into space. http://celestis.com/memorial/sunjammer/kaish.asp

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 7, 2014
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