The newly inaugurated Jack Stuler Foundation (“JSF”) an Arts NPO, sets sail amidst enthusiastic crowd of 35 at Phoenix Art Museum.Jack Stuler Foundation: A NEW COMMUNITY RESOURCE FOR ARTISTS
- Learn More about the mission and plans of the Jack Stuler Foundation (AZ) at the official JSF Website: http://www.jackstulerfoundation.org
- Founder/Director, Sabina Kelly-Allen · Co-Founder/Advisor, Alisha Forrester Scott
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Several years ago already…I was a contracted event designer for the Phoenix Art Museum. They were my client, and I worked with then-Marketing Director Mark Patel to design and produce all sorts of events and artful consumer experiences. Including, the First Friday’s Train Tracks Series, and the unveiling of Sui Jianguo‘s “Jurassic Age” sculpture, a big red dino that permanently adorns the museum’s front lawn. My recent return to the Phoenix Art Museum as part of another project was a delight!
InFocus hosts JSF at Phoenix Art MuseumAs you may know, since last summer I have been honored to work on a very special Arizona-based project launch called Jack Stuler Foundation (JSF). The inaugural event was held at the Phoenix Art Museum recently on April 12. We all gathered to listen to those knowledgeable, answer questions about Jack Stuler’s life and words. The event was presented by Members of the InFocus photography group. Among them were also Jack Stuler art fans, his students, and his colleagues. As any who attended might agree, the newly launched Jack Stuler Foundation is truly an organization that Jack Stuler, the professor, master photographer, and friend, would be proud of.
- Jack Stuler’s daughter, Sabina Kelly-Allen, was present and also acting as Emcee. She inherited her father’s priceless mid-century black and white (and some color!) photographic collection. The collection includes rare prints, framed prints, thousands of images, books, and equipment. Sabina decided to kick start the event’s energy, by raffling off 3 rare b/w photographs.*
- Throughout the 1.5 hour event, a crowd of 35+ people sat in folded chairs in a semi-darkened room for a voice and image lecture entitled, ‘The Final Picture.’ Sabina, and two others, Marilyn M. Hayes and Neil Miller, each spent 15-25 minutes going over various aspects of the delightful story of Jack Stuler’s person, Artworks, and life work as a father and university photography professor.
- Anyone looking at the slides presented during the various lectures, was likely in visual heaven. Placed beside photographs of Jack Stuler’s otherworldly natural images, were snapshots in time of Jack at play, with family, in the school office, and of course in the act of being a class act. From all the photos one might see that Jack Stuler has AMAZING style. (Timeless even, I would say. Just ask any of his supporters!)
- Before the event officially started, I was standing in the general area, and there was an exciting raffle energy building. About 1/3 of guests in attendance for the lecture event purchased raffle tickets.
- The Jack Stuler Foundation’s mission is simple: put cash into the hands of struggling local artists. Jack himself complained incessantly about how the state university he worked at (and graduated from) was too damned expensive. He saw that people with talent were being rejected from art as a lifestyle and career, because they would not find the money to attend art school at the university.
- And now, Sabina, in true relay fashion, picks-up the baton of community enlightenment that her father Jack carried. The tradition of keeping the arts in our communities, by educating the talent in our own communities, is a lost local business art that JSF has committed to helping revive and support! The people doing art business should take care of the people doing art. Our organization will accomplish this. Our future prospects to spread the JSF message and financial program awards are filled with full potential.
JSF Director recently announces plans to quickly expand operations by operating a forthcoming downtown Phoenix photographic printing lab!More details are coming soon on this exciting business start-up news! JSF will own and operate a newly-formed photographic printing lab, set to open in the midst of Downtown Phoenix Arts culture, perhaps sometime this Summer or early Fall. I have been listening with AWE to the details that Sabina is sharing with me about this new business, which will fund the JSF operations and awards budgets. This brilliant move has so many unique benefits, that I will be thrilled to share more information, as soon as details are set into place.
- As the mouthpiece of JSF, putting her money where her mouth is, Sabina is acting as a courageous and SMART leader. I am proud of her for getting through the last 10-months which have been filled with the fullness of newness, emotionalism, and endless lists of details and tasking that have been requiring her full energy and attention.
- The JSF is not Sabina’s full time job yet, it is a second full-time job, in addition to her also running a popular Airbnb bungalow, and being a wife and mother.
Winners of the original artworks raffle ($300/value of each of 3 pieces):
- Winner Jim Kelly
- Winner Marilyn Tickna
- Winner Linda Ballinger (She and Jim flew in for the event. Jim was Director at Phoenix Art Museum before retiring a few years ago. They and their children have original Jack Stuler pieces in their own collections. It was a fun to see them win!)
Quotes from the event!
“I’m so happy to see that so many people came to this event. I see students of Jack’s, colleagues, and friends.” Sabina Kelly-Allen, JSF Event Lecturer “Jack didn’t care about what religion meant. Or what you thought of it. He cared about love for life and the natural world that he would spend so much time with appreciating.” Marilyn M. Hayes, JSF Event Lecturer “I think Jack tolerated me. As my teacher, he was not a portrait photographer. I was. I think he would see me, my work, and then comment on it as a helpful professional. He was very easy to be around.” Neil Miller, JSF Event Lecturer