Welcome to the Masumi Hayashi Foundation, dedicated to elevating and preserving the artistic legacy of Dr. Masumi Hayashi (1945-2006). Dr. Hayashi was an American, visionary, fine art photographer born in the United States, during WWII, who achieved great success at home and abroad with her signature format, the panoramic photo collage.

Dr. Hayashi also taught photography at Cleveland State University for over 25 years, where she was a tenured professor, and won numerous distinctions including the Cleveland Art Prize, and was recognized as a Fulbright Scholar by the US Government.

Since Masumi passed in 2006, there are many people who have together spent countless hours working hard to care for the artwork that Dr. Masumi Hayashi created, keeping it safely preserved and stored, to keep it in the public eye, to get it framed, and exhibited, to get it published in magazines and books, to maintain the web properties of Dr. Hayashi, or to have it reproduced and enlarged in public spaces.

I’m pleased to announce that the Masumi Hayashi Foundation has been approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and that we can now formally accept charitable donations. The MH Foundation will apply any and all funds to the physical care and upkeep of Dr. Hayashi’s artwork, in order to make them available for exhibition and use in ongoing creative projects.

The MH Foundation will also maintain the public facing websites of this Foundation, and the other public websites displaying the artwork and multi-media content produced by Masumi Hayashi, and also provide access to the materials donated to the Cleveland Museum of Art Archive.

This website will be the public face of the Masumi Hayashi Foundation, moving forward, and posts here should also appear on our Facebook page