The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) is an artist residency program for local, national and international mid-career, emerging artists and students. Its mission is to provide stipends for materials, grants, educational programs, exhibition opportunities, visiting professionals, and studio space in an environment that promotes self-growth, encourages dialogue and collaboration between artists, where it is safe to experiment and take creative risks.
The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) was founded in 2009 by its’ namesake who became inspired through her personal experience as a collector and entrepreneur. The Foundation was established to encourage collaboration and dialogue between artists, art administrators, collectors and art institutions.
In its inception, the Foundation was a showcase for innovative exhibitions, dedicated to expanding the understanding of art while maintaining ongoing support of international art professionals and scholars. During this time Ms. Kaminsky exhibited her private collection usually hidden from the public eye as well as the Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Science collection, the Fredrick R. Weisman Collection, the Louis K. Meisel Collection, the Pellizzi Family Collections and many more. The exhibition program also presented lecture series by artists and collectors to further enrich content. The ultimate aim of the program was to bridge the gaps within the arts community.
Over the years, Ms. Kaminsky identified the fundamental and urgent need facing artists, as studio space. Beginning with four studios, the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation -Residency Program was born.
ESKFF now annually awards 32 regional, national and international artists’ with three-month studio residencies, stipend for material and exposure through Professional Career Enhancement to visiting critics, curators and art experts. During the summer months, ESKFF devotes five weeks to International artists and 3 weeks to The Sol Studio program for Jersey’s inner city high school students. The Sol Studio Program enlists Jersey City teachers and college mentors to create an intensive pre-college program that supports 20-30 High-school students. Funds are given to assist outstanding students who accelerate and wish to pursue a greater relationship in the arts. ESKFF follows these gifted students as they go out into the world and continues to assists them in their personal growth as an inspiration to reciprocate their honed skill with similar generosity.
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ESKFF is located in the Journal Square area of Jersey City, New Jersey at 888 Newark Avenue. For instruction on how to travel to ESKFF
ABOUT ESKFF'S FOUNDER
Eileen Kaminsky a native New Yorker was raised in Belle Harbor, NY. She is a mother of two and grandmother of five great kids, a student of art and a graduate of Adelphi University, Suma Cum Laude. Ms. Kaminsky is a prominent collector of contemporary art, an interest she began in 1990. Since this time, she has contributed art works to several museum collections that include the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, New York. Ms. Kaminsky is the Vice President of Merchandising at Gem Financial Services; is on the board of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) and formerly, board of directors of the Friars Club Foundation and Exit Art.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Eileen S. Kaminsky
Paula Kaminsky Davis
In honor of Mitchell Kaminsky (1949 - 2017)
Portrait of Eileen Kaminsky, 2010, by Yigal Ozeri
FRIENDS OF ESKFF
Charitable contribution provides essential funding support for programming, exhibition, and ongoing projects. For more information about making a donation, visit our donations page. The ESKFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your pledge will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Charitable donations to the ESKFF provide the support for future projects, including the following:
Providing young and mid-career artists with studio space at Mana Contemporary. Support for the Community Art Education and Children’s Programming. Schools now have fewer resources than ever for the arts, the Foundation sets education as its central mission.
Providing Community Outreach to artists in Jersey City. The Jersey City art community, the third largest in the Tri-State Area after Manhattan and Brooklyn, has long been overlooked by the contemporary art world.
Mana Contemporary is now the new home of the ESKFF collection, with selected works currently on view. Breakthrough technological innovations combined with a progressive approach and passion for the arts have made Mana Contemporary the leading art collection management firm in the New York Tri-State area.
ESKFF Non-discrimination Statement and Policy
The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, martial status, sexual orientation, military status, or any of its activities or operations. All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in the section.