Fred J. Berman (1926 - 2011)

Birth date: 1926 Death date: 11/6/2011  
Birth location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Death location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin  
Media: Assemblages , Collage , Graphic Art , Painting , Photography , Sculpture Web site:
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Biographical Brief

1948: B.S. in Art Education, Milwaukee State Teachers College
1949: M.S. in Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Work Experiences:
1949-1960: taught art, Layton School of Art, Milwaukee
1960: joined faculty at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
1993: retired from full-time teaching
Represented in the permanent collection of the Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin,
Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin


Fred J. Berman
Born in 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died in 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fred Berman began his art education at the Milwaukee State Teachers College where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education in 1948.  He received his Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949.

Berman began his teaching career at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. In 1960 he began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a member of the Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors.

Berman’s paintings, many of them abstract, reveal an interest in urban infrastructure, life, and effects of time and nature upon city life.  Berman is also known for his work in collage, wooden assemblages and photography.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1951 Milwaukee Art Institute, Wisconsin
1957 Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
1964 Paintings and Prints by Fred Berman, Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin 
1969 Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, Wisconsin 
1969 Bradley Galleries, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (also 1972, 1976 and 1983)
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 
1975 Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
1977 Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island
1977 Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1982 Kresge Art Gallery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
1983 Camden Arts Centre, London, England         Reading University, Reading, England
1988 Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1990 Fred Berman Paintings & Collage Drawings from the 1980’s, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Group Exhibitions

1955 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., “23rd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting”
1956 Italy, “Venice Biennale” Milwaukee Art Institute, Wisconsin
1960 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, “Young America”
1971 Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, ”National Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibition”
1978 Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin"Wisconsin Directions 2: Here and Now”
1981 Kit Basquin Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Selected Awards

2010 Recipient  of one of the Wisconsin Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards
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