From the University Communication FHSU
HAYS, Kan. – Fort Hays State University is pleased to announce a large donation of artwork to the university’s permanent collection. The donation is curated as a collection of academic research and includes nearly 200 works of art by renowned New York artists.
The donor, Rosemary Hornak, is a Midwestern artist, art collector and retired real estate developer. She worked as a studio artist with her brother, founding Photorealist artist Ian Hornak (1944-2002). Parts of her collection have been the subject of museum exhibitions across the country. Over the past 15 years, she has donated hundreds of artwork by the country’s leading artists to approximately 50 museums across the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, Dartmouth College, and George Washington University.
Her son Rosemary Hornak drew her attention to Fort Hays State after graduating from university in 2021, and she chose FHSU as the user of this part of her collection. FHSU history instructor Hollie Marquess helped facilitate the donation.
The collection will be housed in the Schmidt Foundation’s Center for Art and Design FHSU. It includes extensive retrospective sub-collections of art by Jon Carsman (1944-1987), Ian Hornak (1944-2002) – the late donor’s brother – and Scott Kahn (1946).
Jon Carsman was one of New York’s most successful artists during the 1960s, ’70s, and’ 80s, and is credited with being one of the artists who helped repopulate realism in painting after his disappearance during the Abstract Expressionist movement. 1950s. Carsman’s artwork is owned by most major museums in the United States, including the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art; and locally, the Wichita Art Museum, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.
Ian Hornak was one of the founders of the photorealist movement in the 1960s, and later one of the most famous artists in the country. The New York Times described him as “at the top of today’s list of romantically descriptive painters.” His artwork is included in the collections of major museums across the country, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the Dartmouth College Hood Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and locally, the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art in St. Louis. Joseph, Mo. His paintings were the subject of Barack Obama’s presidential inaugural exhibition at the Federal Reserve at the National Mall in Washington DC in 2013 and sold for up to $ 165,000 each.
Scott Kahn is currently one of the most popular artists in the United States. Several of his paintings recently sold at Christie’s and Phillips auction houses for nearly a million dollars. Kahn’s works have been exhibited at home and abroad, and several of his works have been included in the collections of major public, corporate, and private collections around the world.
Rosemary Hornak, a donor, said: “I hope this donation will help attract additional national attention and respect for the state of Fort Hays, as well as help students, professors and the Haysa community in their studies, work and personal enjoyment.”
She has committed to permanent donations to the university as she reduces her collection, including works of art by some of the world’s most famous artists, including Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell and Robert Rauschenberg.
In addition to Marquess’s instructor, the university is grateful to Colin Schmidtberger, director of the Moss-Thorns Gallery, and Schuyler Coates, director of development at the Fort Hays State Foundation, for their invaluable assistance in enabling this donation.