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The Alden Mason Charitable Foundation for the Arts was established in 2017 to sustain and celebrate Alden Mason’s extraordinary legacy as an artist and teacher, and to honor his wishes to support artists of exceptional merit.

The Alden Mason Art Foundation is pleased to announce that we are preparing to publish a comprehensive monograph that will chronicle and illustrate the work, teaching and life of Alden Mason, one of Seattle’s most celebrated and prominent artists. We are also excited that the Bellevue Arts Museum has scheduled an Alden Mason retrospective in 2021. Roger Hull has agreed to curate the exhibition and the Foundation is collaborating with Roger, the Director and staff of the museum to exhibit a survey of Alden’s work covering the full range of Alden’s career.

We have commissioned four writers to explore the multiple stages of Alden’s creative oeuvre. Roger Hull will write the major essay tying together Mason’s life, teaching and his work. Robert Ayers will focus on the role of figuration in the work; and Regina Hackett will address the Burpee Garden era and related work. Chuck Close, Mason’s most renowned student, has written a tribute as the frontispiece. Graphic designer Phil Kovacevich will design the full-color, hardbound book of approximately 200 pages.

After publication is complete, the foundation will turn its attention to making grants available to deserving artists or collaborative groups and to establishing a scholarship in Mason’s name through the School of Art at the University of Washington.

About Alden Mason

Alden Mason was a prolific, vibrant and masterful painter known for several virtuosic
conceptual mannerisms and styles. Alden was known for his highly praised Burpee Garden Series and the inventive squeeze bottle paintings that were to become his signature method of working after health concerns prevented the continuation of the Burpee paintings. His work has been shown widely across the U.S. with successful and acclaimed shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Alden exhibited in numerous venues featuring Northwest artist and had over 30 solo shows in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver BC. He is included in many important museum and private collections and has been the recipient of several prestigious public commissions.

Born July 14, 1919, he studied and later taught at the University of Washington in Seattle. He died in 2013 at the age of 93.

His work is represented by the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle, WA.

GALLERIES offering HIS WORK for resale INCLUDE:

Foster/White Gallery

Greg Kucera Gallery

Woodside/Braseth Gallery

Alden Mason works on Artsy

Selected Public Collections

Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Charles B. Goddard Center for the Arts, Ardmore, OK
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA
Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Oregon Art Institute, Portland, OR
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Renton City Art Collection, Renton, WA
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA
Spokane City Art Collection, Spokane, WA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA
Washington State University Art Museum, Pullman, WA
Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

Selected Corporate Collections
Alaska Airline Corporation, Seattle, WA
Bank of America, Seattle, WA (defunct)
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Nordstrom, San Francisco, CA
Polyclinic, Seattle, WA
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Los Angeles, CA
Rainier Club, Seattle, WA
Safeco Insurance Company, Seattle, WA (defunct)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Sea-Tac, WA
Security Pacific Bank, Seattle, WA (defunct)
Steve Chase Associates, New York, NY (defunct)
Selected Public Commissions
2005
6th Ave NW Pocket Park, Seattle, WA: Entry columns and sidewalk pavers created in collaboration with Stephen McClelland
1988
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA: Lunar Promenade, 5’ x 18’
1987
McGraw Hall Opera House, Seattle, WA : Four Murals 4’ x 13’ each (formerly Seattle City Light Promenade)
1982
Renton District Court, Renton, WA: Yellow Birds, 3’ x 11.5’
Portland Justice Center, Portland, OR: Portland Rose, 6’ x 9’
Sheraton Hotel, Seattle, WA: Big Chief Seattle, 5’ x 24’
1981
Washington State Senate Chambers, Olympia, WA: Two Murals, 12’ x 44’