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A chemist by education, Stuart Pivar founded Chem-Tainer Industries in the late 1950s, producing Industrial Liquid Containment Vessels. Chem-Tainer Industries main office operates out of North Babylon, New York, on Long Island’s south shore. For 50 years, Chem-Tainer Industries has been at the forefront in molding, designing, developing, and manufacturing of plastic containment products. Stuart Pivar is a New York native, born in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied chemistry and engineering at the Brooklyn Technical High School, and graduated with a BA in Chemistry from Hofstra University. Aside from his work in chemistry, Stuart Pivar is well known in the art world for his collection of rare and valuable art and antiques. In the 1970s, Stuart Pivar met Andy Warhol, and the two struck up a friendship that lasted until Warhol’s death in 1987. His time with the pop master inspired Stuart Pivar to found the New York Academy of Art (NYAA) in 1979. The NYAA, founded to revive the academic tradition of training in the classical methods and techniques of drawing and painting, originally found a home at Middle Collegiate Church on East 7th Street, in New York City’s bohemian East Village neighborhood. The NYAA relocated to 419 Lafayette Street, remaining there for about a decade before finally settling into its current home at 111 Franklin Street. Stuart Pivar has always sought to further the advancement of artistic endeavor. He worked with the NYAA to establish one of the most critically lauded experimental opera companies in the late 1980s and early 1990s under the Opera at the Academy program. Stuart Pivar worked in business and creative positions with Opera at the Academy, serving as Producer and Chairman of the Board of the company. Stuart Pivar is also an accomplished art historian who has written a thorough tome on Antoine-Louis Barye's bronzes entitled “The Barye Bronzes: A Catalogue Raisonné” (1974). Over the course of the last decade, Stuart Pivar has refocused his attention on the scientific field. In 1995, Mr. Pivar endowed the State University of New York at Stony Brook campus with new Protease Inhibitor Labs for advanced AIDS Research. In 1998, he funded Regenerative Medicine Associates in their study of Therapeutic Cloning, and today, he participates in the Human Blueprint Project’s Origins of Form research.

Work experience

Jan 1959Present

Chairman of the Board

Chem-Tainer Industries

Industrial Liquid Containment Vessels




Hofstra University