CAA Arts Access: An Evening with Morton Kaish: Spring Rising at the National Arts Club

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CAA Arts Access: An Evening with Morton Kaish: Spring Rising at the National Arts Club

Hosted by Melissa Kaish '88BUS
Date and time 
Oct 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Talk, Exhibition, Reception
Visual Arts
Event type 
Arts Access Event

Alumni $25

Students $10 

The National Arts Club
Between Between 19th and 20th Streets
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
United States

Join CAA Arts Access for a special evening hosted by Melissa Kaish ‘88BUS at the National Arts Club for Morton Kaish, Spring Rising: Landscape Paintings and Prints. Morton Kaish and John R. Stomberg, Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College will be in conversation to discuss the exhibition. We will be joined by Robert Yahner, Registrar - Fine Arts, who will provide an introduction to the National Arts Club.

The exhibition at the National Arts Club is comprised of over 30 works by Morton Kaish, titled Spring Rising: Landscape Paintings & Prints. The exhibition will travel to the National Arts Club, following its run at the Butler Institute of American Art. Spring Rising will be on view from October 2 to October 27, 2017. Several new works by Kaish will be featured in the New York installation. Created across a thirty year span, these works reflect a profound inspiration from nature. Read a review from Fine Art Connoisseur here.

After the conversation and presentation, Columbia alumni and guests are invited to stay for a wine reception.


Doors open at 5:45 p.m.Welcome Remarks 6:15 p.m.Program Begins 6:30 p.m.Wine and Networking Reception 7:30-9:00 p.m.

More about the Artist and Exhibition

"Morton Kaish is an American original. His paintings are remarkable in their uniqueness, existing between dramatic abstraction and mainstream realism” Louis A. Zona, Director of the Butler Institute of American Art. His paintings, drawings and prints can be found in major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum. Kaish’s light and color-filled works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Notable exhibitions include the Hollis Taggart Galleries and Staempfli Gallery in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the American Cultural Centers in Jerusalem and Rome. In addition to painting, Kaish has also worked as a printmaker, using a range of techniques and mediums.

Critics have noted Kaish’s powerful ability to combine traditional and experimental painting techniques with contemporary insights, and reviews of his work can be found in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Christian Science Monitor and TIME, among many other publications.

About Morton Kaish

Morton Kaish was married to the late Luise Clayborn Kaish, Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Division of Painting and Sculpture at Columbia University (1980-1993). He lives and works in New York City, where he is Professor Emeritus in the School of Art and Design at FIT/SUNY, and has served as Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College; the University of Washington, Seattle; Haifa University, Israel, as well as on the faculties of the New School, the National Academy and the Art Students League of New York. He earned his BFA at Syracuse University where he was awarded the Hiram Gee Fellowship in Painting. He continued his studies at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, the Istituto Statale d’Arte, Florence, and the Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome. He has been Visiting Artist at Boston University, Columbia University, Queens College, The Parsons School of Design, Philadelphia College of Art, The School of Visual Arts, Susquehanna University, Tyler School of Art, Rome and The Sedona Arts Center.

Kaish has been honored with The Benjamin West Clinedinst Memorial Medal for exceptional artistic merit by the Artists’ Fellowship, awarded the Alumni Award for Achievement in the Arts by Syracuse University, and elected to the National Academy in 1988, he received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

About John R. Stomberg

John R. Stomberg is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining Dartmouth he served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. He holds a BA from Georgetown University and both an MA and Ph.D from Boston University—all in art history. The primary focus of his curatorial work is American art and culture since 1900. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society. He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums, education, and academia.

About the National Arts Club

The National Arts Club, founded in 1898 by author and poet Charles De Kay, the literary and art critic for The New York Times, is today the premier arts club in New York City. Housed in the Samuel Tilden house in Gramercy Park, an 1840s Victorian Gothic Revival mansion and a National Historic Landmark, the club realizes its mission to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts by hosting both members-only and public events in its multiple galleries and event spaces. The NAC accommodates exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, lectures, and readings honoring exemplary artists of all arts genres.