Kossak Painting Fellowship
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Thanks to the generosity of Evelyn Kranes Kossak (’42), young painters at Hunter receive one-on-one guidance from renowned artists along with ample funding for paint and other supplies. A Hunter Foundation trustee, Kossak had endowed both a professorship in art and a multimedia lecture hall before endowing the Evelyn Kranes Kossak Painting Program. She recently provided further support for the painting program with a major new gift.
Her original gift endowing the painting program enabled Hunter to bring renowned artist and scholar Drew Beattie to the College as the Evelyn Kranes Kossak Distinguished Lecturer. Beattie taught at Harvard before filling the new Hunter post, in which he works closely with undergraduates and oversees all aspects of the painting programs supported by Kossak.
Kossak herself majored in art at Hunter, and then worked with her husband to found and build Jolen Inc., a hugely successful cosmetics company. Her support enables Hunter to subsidize the cost of materials for every student taking painting courses at Hunter, and to offer Kossak Painting Fellowships to undergraduates Each fellow receives a generous stipend for supplies, plus the chance to discuss his or her work in weekly critique sessions with some of the most highly respected painters working today.
“Many of these visiting painters do not normally teach,” Beattie said. “The 12 internationally recognized painters who came to Hunter this past spring are a group that no other school in the country could boast in one semester. Evelyn Kossak’s vision of specific support for painting is a fresh model of what private giving can do to enhance public education. For promising students who would not otherwise be able to pursue art so ambitiously, the Kossak Painting Program is the opportunity to realize a transformational dream.”