Blakemore Foundation

Scholarships for Chinese     Scholarships for Korean    Scholarships for Japanese
Scholarships for Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Burmese & Khmer

The Blakemore Foundation awards scholarships for advanced Japanese, Chinese, Korean language study, as well as for advanced study of selected Southeast Asian languages.   We also make grants to improve the understanding of East Asian art in the United States.

Frances Blakemore Asian Art Grants

Applications are accepted by invitation only. 

Art Grant Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to Blakemore Foundation grants in support of exhibitions and internships to broaden and deepen the understanding of Asian art in the United States. 

  • Grants are made by invitation only to a small number of tax-exempt organizations in the United States, such as museums, universities and other educational or art-related institutions for exhibitions and internships dealing with the arts of Northeast, East and Southeast Asia.

  • Applications for grants are considered once a year with a due date of October 1st. 

Frances Blakemore (1906-1997)

Frances Blakemore (1906-1997) was born in Pana, Illinois but grew up in Eastern Washington, where her family moved when she was four. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1935 with a degree in painting, sculpture and design.

Mrs. Blakemore later related, "In college, all of my contemporaries wanted to go to Paris, but I was different. I wanted to go to Japan." (Seattle Times/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 24, 1986)
And after graduation, she did indeed move to Tokyo to pursue her lasting interest in Japanese and Chinese art.  

At the outbreak of World War II, she joined the Office of War Information and later served in the Civil Information and Education Division of SCAP during the Allied Occupation. 

She was a co-founder of Franell Gallery, located for many years in Tokyo's Okura Hotel, which displayed prints, paintings and sculpture by Japan's leading modern artists. Her own collection of Japanese textiles and stencils, now in the permanent collection of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, was exhibited at museums throughout the United States and Australia.