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Mission Statement

Dedicated to preserving the legacy of Henry and Marie Clews and promoting art that serves the greater good, La Napoule Art Foundation seeks to nurture and inspire artistic talent, while fostering the creative process as a means of advancing international understanding.


La Napoule Art Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, incorporated in 1951 by American expatriate Marie Clews as a memorial to her late husband and sculptor Henry Clews. It was her dream to create an international center for the arts at the Chateau de La Napoule, a medieval castle which the couple had spent 17 years restoring together. Today, the Château de houses the Clews Collection and hosts international programs in the arts.

One of LNAF’s core programs is our prestigious Artist Residency. La Napoule Art Foundation offers Artists-in-Residence a unique environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity at the Château de La Napoule. LNAF strives to engage creative minds in cultural interchange and meaningful work that impacts the world for the greater good. LNAF has given over 400 artists from 40 different countries the gift of time and space to create. Alumni include Nobel Laureates Gao Xingjian and Derek Walcott.

Over the course of the last decade, LNAF’s Board has worked to broaden the impact of our arts programs through exhibitions and community outreach efforts in the US and in France. After Hurricane Katrina, for example, we provided residencies for artists from the devastated area and hosted exhibitions of their work at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans and the Chateau de La Napoule in France. It is our goal to expand our impact within US Communities, particularly those in need.





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