The Ireland-U.S. Council Foundation, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) Charitable Foundation that helps support student work experience programs between Ireland and the U.S. as well as cultural programs supporting the Arts in Ireland.
The Council’s annual program of Student Work Experience Scholarships for 2017 was celebrated at an awards luncheon held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Council President Brian W. Stack, in announcing details of the 2017 scholarship awards, said "This is the 33rd year in which the Council has operated this successful and much-admired Scholarship Awards program. We in the Council are proud of the role that this program has played over the years as part of the Council’s broader mission to build closer business and economic links between the United States and Ireland – North and South.
Blaise Smith was the winner of the 2017 Award for Outstanding Portraiture, sponsored by the Ireland-U.S. Council Foundation, in conjunction with The Irish Arts Review and the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA). The award is presented in Ireland to an artist whose work is judged to be of outstanding merit. The Award is an important part of the Council’s program to support the arts and arts education in Ireland.