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, and therefore a portion of their value is tax-deductible, in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. You will receive an email receipt or your records, and your donation will be noted both on our website and in the subsequent issue of Esopus.



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 unique "Batman" drawings. 

Joyce Pensato is a Brooklyn-based painter best known for her dynamic, large-scale paintings utilizing well-known characters from cartoons and popular culture as subject matter. Represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York, she has shown widely in both group and solo exhibitions around the world over the past three decades; her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the City of Paris, and the St. Louis Museum of Art, among many other institutions. She is the recipient of 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, a Brooklyn native who studied at the New York Studio School, will present a major exhibition curated by Jeffrey Uslip at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in the spring of 2013.