New Jersey born, Morton Kaish earned his BFA degree at Syracuse University. He continued his studies at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, the Istituto d’Arte in Florence, and the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Rome.
He has been awarded The National Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Syracuse University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in the Fine Arts.
Among museum collections are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum of Art Smithsonian Institution, The Brooklyn Museum, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Newark Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art, Guild Hall, The British Museum, London and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Kaish has been Visiting Artist at Boston University, Columbia University, Queens College, Philadelphia College of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and the Parsons School of Design. He has served as Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College, The University of Haifa, and Washington University well as on the faculties of the New School and The Art Students League of New York. He has been appointed Faculty Exchange Scholar of the State University of New York and is a retired professor in the School of Art and Design at FIT/SUNY where he was awarded a New York State Research Grant for work in experimental media.
Elected to The National Academy in 1988, he has since received their Andrew Carnegie Prize, Benjamin Altman Landscape Prize, Gervasi Award for Painting, William A. Paton Award, Obrig Prize for Watercolor, Alfred Easton Poor Prize and twice awarded the William Ward Ranger Purchase Fund Award.