7080 Northwest 4th Street

Plantation, Florida 33317

The Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts is saddened to announce the death of its founder, Max J. Schacknow, on March 23, 2013.  With the passing of "Maxie," the Board of Directors of the Museum has had to evaluate our ability to continue with the programs and activities outlined in our Mission Statement.  Unfortunately, we have determined that we do not have the substantial financial and personal resources that would permit SMOFA to go forward in a manner that would fulfill the dreams and goals of Max Schacknow when he conceived this project.  The Museum building was closed in December, 2013.  The financial resources of SMOFA will be redirected to other worthwhile charitable purposes in accord with applicable IRS regulations and the desire of Max Schacknow and the Board of Directors to do good on our planet.


Max Jacob Schacknow, 90, of Plantation, FL, passed away on March 23, 2013.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Maxie dropped out of high school to work to help support his family.  Along with his brothers Harry and Julie, he joined the US Military during WW II.  He served his country in the Navy for three years, retiring with the rank of Seaman 1st Class in December, 1945 after a tour as radioman to the Admiral aboard the USS Randolph.  Shortly after discharge, he met Evelyn Ruditsky at a dance, admired her legs, and married her later that year on December 14, 1946.  Their love affair continued for more than 66 years.

Maxie was a self-made businessman, creating a textile-brokerage firm in lower Manhattan.  For over 30 years he worked with his brother Harry until he retired to south Florida.  Maxie’s lifelong dream was to build an art museum, a goal he accomplished with the founding of the “Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts,” a Florida charitable organization, in Plantation, FL, in 2000.  He has personally created over 2000 original paintings and drawings.  The Museum sponsored the works of many artists, sculptors and photographers.  Maxie’s philanthropy was boundless; he made contributions to the community and local organizations, with his time, his soul and his money.

Max Schacknow was a man of strong opinions with a very big heart.  He will be greatly missed and loved by his family and friends. 


The Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts is a 501-(c)(3) charitable organization

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