Harold Altman (1924 - 2003)

Birth date: 1924 Death date: 2003  
Birth location: New York, New York Death location: Centre County, Pennsylvania  
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Biographical Brief

Birth date: April 20, 1924
Death Date: July 28, 2003
Represented in the permanent collection of the Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.


Harold Altman
Born 1924 in New York, New York
Died 2003 in Centre County, Pennsylvania

Harold Altman lived in Wisconsin from 1956 to 1962 when he was an assistant professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to that, he was assistant professor at Alfred University, New York; the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Indiana University in Bloomington. After leaving Milwaukee, he went on to become a professor of drawing and painting at Penn State University until 1976 and became Professor Emeritus in 1978.

Showing artistic promise as a youth, he won his first award at the age of twelve from Macy’s in New York. During his lifetime he received many more commendations including the National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor, Best in Show in 1976.  Altman studied at the Art Students League, New York City, 1941-42, then earned a fine arts degree from Cooper Union Art School in New York in 1947. In 1946 he attended the Black Mountain College in North Carolina and from 1947-49, the New School in New York City. More study followed at L’Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris, France from 1941-52. During a long career he earned numerous university and museum grants and fellowships for studies in the graphic arts in the United States and France and saw his works published nationally and internationally.

Altman’s lithographs and etchings are represented in prominent museum collections in this country, Europe and Japan. Slightly abstracted views of figures in natural settings were among some of his favorite themes. When discussing his best known series of works depicting life in the parks of Paris, he stated, “I have a song to sing about ordinary people.” He was a member of the Society of American Graphic Designers and the Wisconsin Art Teachers Association and lived in a nineteenth century frame church in Pennsylvania where he worked in his studio until the day before he died.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1951 Gallerie Huit, Paris, France
Martha Jackson Gallery, Peter Deitch Gallery, New York,
1960 The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1961 Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City,
1961 The San Francisco Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
1966-1976 The Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City.
1968 The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, South Carolina
1969 The Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin
1973 1640 Gallery, Montreal, Canada
1974 The Wustum Museum of Art, Racine, Wisconsin
Usis Sanat Galerisi,  Izmir, Turkey, National Academy of Art, Ankara, Turkey
1973-1980 Dorothy Bradley Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1977, 1980 Stadia Graphics Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Kunsthandlung Goyert, Cologne, Germany
1989, 1992 Galleria Prova, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

1956 Recent Drawings U.S.A., Museum of Modern Art, New York
1962 Recent Paintings U.S.A., Museum of Modern Art, New York,
1960, 1962, 1965,1970 Whitney Museum of Art Annual Exhibition, New York
1957,’59,’1960,’61,’63,’66,’67’69 Pennsylvania Academy of Art Annual Exhibition
1960 The Walter C. Baker Collection of Master Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
1965,1976,1978,’80 The Society Des Peintres Gravures Francais, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
1965 A Decade of American Drawings, Whitney Museum of Art, New York
1960,’62,’64, 1970 The Brooklyn Museum Print Biennial, New York
1963 Four American Printmakers, Gallerie Auriga, Berne, Switzerland
1962,’64,’66,1971,’75,’77 Drawings U.S.A. Exhibitions, St. Paul Art Center, Minnesota
1975,’77 The Library of Congress National Exhibition, Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin Affiliations

No affiliations were found.

Wisconsin Art Organizations

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