Established in 1988, The Stobart Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust (501(c)(3) formed by artist John Stobart as an avenue through which to inspire, support and strengthen the passion and commitment of artists who paint directly from observation, a time-honored tradition, a vital legacy and the basis of some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces created by esteemed ranks of the Barbizon painters, the Impressionists, and today’s dedicated plein-air painters. Believing that the life of this community and its continued prominence in the future art world lies with the success of its emerging young artists. The Foundation offers financial assistance to young artists who aspire to establish themselves professionally through the practice of working directly from the subject, whether it be portrait, landscape or still life.
About The Stobart Foundation
History of The Stobart Foundation In pursuing his career, Stobart practiced working on-site and directly relating to the model or nature itself and developing the finesse to capture a moment in time on canvas that paved the way for his artistic growth. Stobart has said, “The habit of working regularly on the spot, if kept up throughout a career, will pay immeasurable dividends. For the studio-bound painter, it will be a catharsis which can only result in adding life and vibrancy to future work.” The Foundation realizes the seminal step for an artist to move from student to professional occurs when each artist learns to use passion and sensitivity to shape the technical skills mastered as a student into a mature and independent visual language recognizable as one’s own. This imperative step is unfortunately most frequently encountered just after leaving the protective environment of the program, and before the artist has a body of work able to be self-supporting in the professional art world. During this time of transition, with the least time and energy available to the fledgling artist to give the required focused attention on this important development, many deserving young artists turn to other methods and opportunities in order to make ends meet. Recognizing this, The Stobart Foundation offers financial support to the qualified artist in the form of The Stobart Foundation Grant in order to aid and encourage development during this very important period. The Stobart Foundation Trustees are John Stobart and Sandra Heaphy. The Stobart Foundation Advisory Board Members are Donald Demers–Artist, Eliot, Maine; Timothy Newton, New York; Brendan Smith–Partner, Shoreline Financial Advisors, Guilford, Connecticut; Lorna Venezia–Secretary, Salem, MA and Joshua Kaufman–Legal Counsel, Washington, DC.