Since the incorporation of the Esopus Foundation Ltd. in 2003, we have asked contemporary artists to create limited editions that we offer in exchange for donations. Revenue from these artworks allows us to continue our mission of providing an unmediated, accessible forum for artists and the general public.

These limited editions are not for sale; therefore, a portion of their value is tax-deductible per the Internal Revenue Code. Donors will receive an email receipt for their records.



Joyce Pensato works on one of the five "Batman" drawings she created for Esopus donors.


When asked to create an edition for the Esopus Foundation's Fall 2013 fundraiser, Pensato, who contributed to Esopus 19, decided instead to create five of her unique ”Batman“ drawings instead. 

Joyce Pensato (1941–2019) was a Brooklyn-based painter best known for her dynamic, large-scale paintings utilizing well-known characters from cartoons and popular culture. She exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions worldwide; her work is in the collections of the Centre Pompidou; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the St. Louis Museum of Art, among many other institutions. She received numerous honors, including the Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize in 2013, the Award of Merit Medal for Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. Pensato studied at the New York Studio School.