THE RENATE, HANS AND MARIA HOFMANN TRUST
The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust (the Trust) was created under the will of Renate Hofmann, which was admitted to probate by the Surrogate's Court of New York County in 1996. The Trust was named for Renate Hofmann, the second wife and widow of Hans Hofmann, Hans Hofmann, and Maria Wolfegg Hofmann, Hofmann's first wife and partner for fifty years. The Trust has a two-fold purpose. The first purpose (The Educational Purpose) is to educate the public about the incredibly beautiful and ground-breaking art of Hans Hofmann. The Trustees seek to accomplish this goal through supporting exhibitions, publications, and educational activities and programs focusing on Hofmann's art.
The second purpose (The Charitable Purpose) of the Trust is to assists persons, particularly children, who because of physical, mental, emotional or other reasons are not part of the mainstream of society. The Trustees seek to accomplish this by making grants to organizations that provide much needed services to adults and children in need. As directed by Renate Hofmann’s will, this second purpose is carried out in part through support to the Association of German Dioceses, headquartered in Bonn. The Association of German Dioceses selects the programs it supports, and it presently is helping to fund programs in Germany.
The Trust is managed and administered by two Trustees, corporate Trustee JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and individual Trustee Patricia A. Gallagher (together the Trustees).
The corpus of the Trust includes art by Hans Hofmann which the trustees sell through Miles McEnery Gallery, an independent art dealer which is not otherwise affiliated with the Trust.
The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust does not maintain an office or research staff, and thus is unable to conduct research for Hofmann scholars and enthusiasts. Information about Hofmann and his work may be found in the three-volume Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings published in 2014 (please see Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings section) and in materials listed in the Bibliography section of this website.
The Trust does not authenticate or participate in the authentication of works by Hans Hofmann.
The Trust is a 501 (c) (3) organization under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, and makes grants to qualified organizations in furtherance of the Educational Purpose and the Charitable Purpose discussed above. Inquiries about possible grants from the Hofmann Trust should initially be directed to Roman Jackson. (See Contact information section.) If the request is one that the Trustees decide is appropriate to include for consideration, Mr. Jackson will provide advise and answer questions about putting together the necessary information and eventually submitting the formal on-line application. Only grant applications submitted as described above will be reviewed and considered.