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Frank Herbert Mason (1921-2009)

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June 16, 2009

Frank Mason passed away on June 16th, 2009. He will be remembered in our hearts and prayers. The funeral service was held on Saturday June 27th at Grace Church in New York City. Hundreds of friends, former students and family members attended the service and the lovely reception afterwards at the Salmagundi Art Club where Frank was a member for many years. For those who were unable to attend the funeral service you can download the funeral program below including a poem Frank wrote at the age of 18, which The Reverend J. Donald Waring read during the service.

We will keep this news section updated with any further information, articles and links.

Frank Mason Memorial Service -  October 18th, 2009
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, New York City,
On October 18th, 2009 a memorial service in honor of Frank Mason was held at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College in New York City hosted by the Art Students League of NY.  Music composed by Stefania de Kenessey, speakers reminiscing about Frank's romantic life and a film preview screened in homage to Frank encompassed the events on this Sunday afternoon.

A reception was held after the memorial service in the Phyllis Harriman Gallery on the second floor of the League where a small exhibit of Frank Mason's paintings were on display.  Eventually, recorded footage from Frank Mason's Memorial Service will be available through this website.

Download the program from this event here
download pdf (3.5 mb)

Read the transcript of Tom Wolfe's speech he gave in memory of Frank Mason on this day download pdf (72kb)

Read artist Tom Torak's speech - Remarks by Thomas Torak at Frank Mason's
memorial service
Read speech

"Frank Mason: artist and teacher"
The Times The Times Online, London England, Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Times in London published an extensive obituary about Frank Mason recently. We welcome you to remember him by adding your comments in the 'have your say' box below the article. This is another way we can continue to celebrate Frank through our fond memories of him.

Read the newspaper print version of Times obituary | download pdf to print newspaper version (6.1 mb)

In Thanksgiving for Frank Mason, 1921-2009 (by The Rev. J. Donald Waring)
Homily for Frank's funeral service, Grace Church, June 27, 2009
Our many thanks to The Reverend Donald Waring for his graciousness in allowing us to publish his insightful sermon.

Memorial Service at Grace Church program - download pdf (6.2 mb)

"Artist Frank Mason Dies" (pdf)
Stowe Reporter, Vermont, Published: Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:10 PM EDT
Frank taught his landscape workshop and summered in Vermont for over 40 years.

"Another New York Memory: Frank Herbert Mason, 1921-2009" (by Charlie Finch)
Artnet,, New York, Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Perhaps the first article to come out about Frank's passing from a thoughtful personal story.

"Frank Mason: Master Painter" (by Robert Kiener)
2008 article about Frank Mason by Robert Kiener
Many thanks to Robert Kiener for allowing us to republish his article about Frank.
"First exhibit at Point Park gallery impressive" (review of 2010 Mason show)
Pittsburg Post-Gazette By Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Recent article about show of paintings by Frank Mason that hangs in the new gallery in Lawrence Hall at Point Park University.

Art Student's League Frank Mason Fund
supporting instructors salaries at the Art Student's League
Before Frank passed, The Art Students League started a Frank Mason Fund that supports instructors salaries. A cause that Frank and Anne supported because it helps continues on the unique art teaching provided by League where he taught for over 50 years.

Read more or go directly to the Art Student's League Fund


Art Student's League Frank Mason Fund

frank mason

Dear Friend,

Frank spent a total of seventy-two years at the Art Students League of New York. It was part of his life. He was in his world when he came to the League—reaching out to others with his same interests. Innumerable stories revolved around his years as both a student and instructor. He was deeply concerned that the League continues to thrive and offer opportunities to artists who believe they have something to say to the world and want the training that allows them to do that.

A few months before he passed away, Frank was honored to learn there was a proposal to inaugurate a
Frank Mason Fund
, which would support instructor salaries. He was always on the lookout for talented artists who might be interested in teaching at the League and was aware that a secure foundation for offering good salaries to instructors is necessary in order to attract the very best in the field. Frank believed the League is the League because of its instructors.

With that thought in mind, we invite you to maintain and further the memory of Frank’s many years of devotion to his students and his art by contributing to the League’s Frank Mason Fund.

To donate online

1) Go to

2) Click on the “Donate” button and fill out the form

3) When you reach the please review your donation screen, click on please specify any gift instructions, type in that your gift is to the “Frank Mason Fund,” and complete the transaction.

If you have questions, please contact Denise L. Greene at 212-247-4510 ext.130, or

Thank you!

With warmest regards,
Anne Mason
& Ira Goldberg, The Art Student's League of New York Executive Director

Biography & Resume
Frank Herbert Mason

Read Frank's Biography from his retrospective Mostly Mason .
Frank Mason's Resume to see the collections and many accomplishments over his long career.

Interesting articles on Frank
"Frank Mason's Paintings: Arts & Letters" by David Michael Klienberg Levin -about 2007 show at Salmagundi Club
"FRANK MASON : Paint Beauty" by Jennifer Hebblethwaite -profile by American Society of Portrait artist magazine.

Walter Scott Mason | Phone 917-842-2762

Please contact Frank's nephew, Walter Scott Mason for any information & website questions or interest in purchasing Frank's works.
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