The Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation is a Tennessee charitable non-profit corporation established by Marek Maria Pienkowski, M.D., Ph.D. on August 21, 2006.┬á The FoundationÔÇÖs headquarters is located at 7417 Kingston Pike, Suite 101, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37919. The aims of the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation are to directly and through contributions, provide support to any other corporation, trust, fund, or foundation whose purposes are charitable, scientific, literary, educational and religious and which qualify under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
The Foundation has a tax exemption status.
The Foundation seeks to foster the further development of art as a means of human expression in todayÔÇÖs world and seeks to widen the definition of art to all realms of the human experience. Though art is commonly associated with visual, musical and literary endeavors, it also includes work in the fields of science and education.
Young artists today face numerous challenges and obstacles in their artistic pursuit.┬á The impact of commercialization on todayÔÇÖs world and the focus on personal enrichment instead of the human endeavor has made it increasingly more difficult for young artists to pursue their original ideas. The Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation seeks to provide support to these young artists.
The Foundation seeks to support development of natural sciences in Poland as an integral part of the national cultural development of the country.┬á Although, nowadays sciences have an international impact, it is essential for national development to create centers of excellence in sciences in the country.
The Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation, in the long tradition of the Pienkowski Family throughout the generations, intends to support human progress through a variety of means and venues.
The main sponsored projects are as follows:
Pienkow International Art Workshops that occur annually on the Pienkow Estate near Chelm, Poland. The workshop is to provide a creative environment for young artists competitively selected┬áfrom European art schools and elsewhere in the world.
Marek Maria Pienkowski Best Young Painter Award.
An annual award given by the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw to the best 1st-year student artist at their academy.
Pienkow Art Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee.┬á Organized to promote Pienkow Art Group, winners and participants of Pienkow International Art Workshops.
Award for Outstanding Achievements in Polish Natural Sciences in the name of Professor Stefan Pienkowski given by the University of Warsaw, Director of Institute of Experimental Physics.
This award seeks to enhance and preserve science as an integral part of PolandÔÇÖs culture and tradition as the economic impact of globalization has lead many of the best Polish scientists to seek opportunities abroad. The awardÔÇÖs focus is to support Polish science by
(1) recognizing achievements in the development of Polish science regardless of nationality and
(2) serving as a vehicle for young Polish scientists to network within the field and to help advance their scientific ideas as a business venture.