A philanthropic foundation created in 2000 and recognized as a public utility in 2005, the François Schneider Foundation has a dual commitment to education and culture. It supports contemporary artists in the development of their careers, and provides scholarships to enable young graduates to access higher education.
Its activities are complemented by publications, loans, touring exhibitions and a residency program for young artists from schools along the Rhine. Numerous social projects (schools, prisons, hospitals, etc.) have also been developed since 2018.

“Our aim is to bring contemporary art closer to the public. By choosing a unique theme for our site, we can more easily bring new emotions and perceptions to our contemporaries, especially the youngest among them. Water, the subject common to all the works on display, will be the Ariadne’s thread that guides visitors, helping them to better understand the diversity of views on the world around us, the richness of the sensibilities that make it up, and the infinite register of the imaginations of artists of all origins and cultures.”

François Schneider


Artistic & educational mission

The Talents Contemporains competition

Each year, the Talents Contemporains competition invites artists of all nationalities and disciplines to submit works or projects on the theme of water. The works of the competition winners become part of the collection, and are exhibited at the art center and beyond.

Over the years, a unique collection of water art has been built up. Over 80 pieces are currently on display, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, photos and installations.
Artists explore the subject of water in all its many aspects, and their original proposals reflect the diversity of 21st-century practices.

Artists’ residencies round out this program of creative support.

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Scholarships for higher education

Supporting young people from modest backgrounds from Yonne and Haut-Rhin – two departments of France to which François Schneider is linked by his own background – with scholarships to enable them to access higher education.

The individual scholarships awarded range between €500 and €5,000, whilst an average of 200,000 euros is distributed by the François Schneider Foundation each year.

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Artistic residencies

In the heart of the Wattwiller forest, two studio residences are made available by the François Schneider Foundation. Located in the Hirtzenstein area, the residences are open to artists from art schools along the Rhine.

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Creation of the François Schneider Foundation, under the aegis of the Fondation de France.


First initiatives to support disadvantaged young people in Yonne and Haut-Rhin. In the first year, 62 scholarships are awarded.

10 August

Decree signed by the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior recognising the François Schneider Foundation as a body acting in the public interest.


Design work for the Art Centre begins

1 June

Launch of the first edition of the “Contemporary Talents” competition

11 October

Announcement of the winners of the first edition of the “Contemporary Talents”

15 June

Launch of the second edition of the “Contemporary Talents”

16 May

Inauguration of the Art Centre and announcement of the winners of the second edition of the “Contemporary Talents”

2 September

Launch of the third edition of the “Contemporary Talents”

11 September

The Art Centre opens to the public


Narcissus, the Image in the Wave (curated by Philippe Régnier)


The 4 Elements of Nils Udo (curated by Auguste Vonville)


Troubled Waters, Calm Waters (curated by François Hébel)


Melting – Anna Katharina Scheidegger (in partnership with La Filature theatre)

1 July

Launch of the seventh edition of the “Contemporary Talents”


1001 Drops – (in partnership with the Académie de Strasbourg)


The Cloud Atlas (curated by Marie Terrieux)


Testing the waters (in co-production with Quatre 4.0 / L’Ososphère)


Revelations ( in partnership with the Rouffach Hospital Center)


Céleste Boursier-Mougenot : liquid, liquid (curated by Marie Terrieux)


Drawing water (curated by Jean-Philippe Martin, with the International City of Comics and Images (Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l’Image) in Angoulême, in partnership with the illustration department of the HEAR and the 35th Bédéciné Festival)

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Elodie Graff

Head of operations

Sarah Guilain

Artistic projects and collections manager

Raoul Ermel

Collections manager

Gwenaël D’Anna

Receptionist and collections management assistant

Solène Gwinner

Cultural mediation and communication manager

Halima El Hamdi

Receptionist and administrative assistant


Composition of the Board of Directors:

François Schneider

Founder and Assistant Treasurer

Aurélia Schneider – Aim


Jean Olivier Schneider

Vice Chairman

Roland Plumail



Other directors:

Jean-François Chanet | Stéphane Guyot-Sionnest | Élise Jasmin | Hélène Mugot | Nicole Vulser | Eric Bezard | Régis Pichonneau