Harold Altman, American (1924 - 2003)

Harold Altman
Harold Altman was born in New York City in 1924. He attended the Art Students League, the Black Mountain College, the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, and was a graduate of the Cooper Union Art School. Since 1962 he has lived in the central Pennsylvanian village of Lemont, where a nineteenth century frame church serves as his studio.

Altman spends one third of each year working in Paris where his lithographs are printed at Atelier DesJobert. In previous years his etchings were printed at Atelier George LeBlanc.

The artist's works have been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, both in the United States and abroad. He is represented in nearly every significant collection in the world. New York's Museum of Modern Art owns over forty Altmans while the Whitney and Brooklyn Museums each have over fifty of his works in their permanent collections.

His work is to be found in many museum collections outside of the United States, several of which are the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, the Kunst Museum of Basel, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Copenhagen and the Bibliotheque Nationale of Paris.

Altman has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships. Among them are two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Tamarind Lithography Fellowship, a National Institute of the Arts and Letters Award, a Fulbright-Hayes Senior Research Fellowship for work in France and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.


New York City, 1924


The Art Students League, New York City 1941-42
The Cooper Union (Graduate in Fine Arts) 1941-47
Black Mountain College, North Carolina 1946
The New School, New York City 1947-49
L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris 1949-52


Assistant Professor; New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (1952-54)
Assistant Professor; University of North Carolina, Greensboro (1954-56)
Assistant Professor; Indiana University, (Summer 1956)
Assistant Professor; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1956-62)
Professor; Pennsylvania State University (1962-1976)
Professor Emeritus; Pennsylvania State University (1978-present)


937th Engineer Camouflage, European Theater of Operations 1942-45



Galerie Huit - Paris (1951)
The Martha Jackson Gallery - New York (1958)
Peter Deitsch Gallery - New York (1958, 1960)
The Contemporaries Gallery - New York (1959, 1963)
The Art Institute of Chicago - (1960)
The Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas - Mexico City (1961)
The San Francisco Museum of Art - (1961)
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art - (1961)
Felix Landau Gallery - Los Angeles (1962)
Kovler Gallery - Chicago (1963, 1966)
Weyhe Gallery - New York (1966)
Oklahoma Art Center - (1966, 1976)
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art - Winston-Salem, NC (1976)
Milwaukee Art Center - (1969)
Jane Haslem Gallery - Washington, DC (1970, 1971, 1976, 1980)
The Print Cabinet - Wilton, CT (1976)
The Gloria Luria Gallery - Miami, FL (1973, 1976)
1640 Gallery - Montreal (1973)
Gross-McLeaf Gallery - Philadelphia, PA (1977)
Marjorie Kauffman Gallery - Houston, TX (1973-78, 1980)
The Wustum Museum of Art - (1974)
Lumley Cazalet Gallery - London (1980)
Sagot-Le Garrec - Paris (1968, 1974, 1977)
Multiple Impressions - New York (1976-94)
Usis Sanat Galerisi - Izmir, Turkey (1975)
The National Academy of Art - Ankara, Turkey (1975)
Merrill Chase Galleries - Chicago (1979-94)
Dorothy Bradley Gallery - Milwaukee, WI (1973-80)
Editions Limited Galleries - Indianapolis, IN (1981)
Collective Impressions - Baltimore, MD (1980)
Tower Park Gallery - Peoria, IL (1978-81)
Stadia Graphics Gallery - Sydney, Australia (1977, 1980)
Kunsthandlung Goyert - Cologne, Germany (1979)
Impressions Gallery - Boston, MA (1975, 1976, 1978, 1980)
Concept Gallery - Pittsburgh, PA (1981)
Galleria Prova - Tokyo, Japan (1989, 1992)
Pierre Hautot Galerie - Paris (1988-92)
Park West Galleries - Southfield, MI (1988-94)


Five American Printmakers Exhibition; The Kunstmuseum, Basel (1965)
The First Biennial of Paris; (1959)
The Second Inter-American Biennial of Printmaking; Santiago, Chile (1965)
Recent Drawings U.S.A.; Exhibition Museum of Modern Art, New York (1956)
Recent Paintings U.S.A., "The Figure"; Exhibition Museum of Modern Art, New York (1962)
The Segunda Biennial Inter-American; Mexico City (1960)
Modern American Drawing Exhibitions at Festival of Two Worlds; Spoleto, Italy (1961)
The Whitney Museum of Art Annual Exhibitions (1960, 1962, 1965, 1970)
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibitions (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969)
The U.S.I.A. Graphics Exhibition to Russia (1963)
The Walter C. Baker Collection of Master Drawings at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art; New York (1960)
The Societe Des Peintres Graveurs Francais at Bibliotheque Nationale; Paris (1965, 1976, 1978, 1980)
"American Prints Today" Exhibtions; (1960, 1962)
The International Print Biennial; Tokyo (1962)
"A Decade of American Drawings"; Whitney Museum of Art (1965)
The Brooklyn Museum Print Biennial; (1960, 1962, 1964, 1970)
The National Institute of Arts and Letters; (1963)
Humanists of the Sixties Exhibition; The New School; New York (1962)
Four American Printmakers; Galerie Auriga; Berne, Switzerland (1963)
American Drawing Annuals; (1958-61, 1969)
Drawings U.S.A. Exhibitions; St. Paul Art Center (1962, 1964, 1966, 1971, 1975, 1977)
The Miami Graphics Biennial; (1973, 1975)
Colorprint, U.S.A.; (1970-74)
The Society of American Graphic Artists National Print Exhibition; (1960-76)
The Library of Congress National Exhibtion; (1975, 1977)


Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Society of American Graphic Artists
The Jewish Museum
The New York Hilton
Pennsylvania State University Press (for "The Four Seasons" 1965)
The Yellowstone Print Club
Societe Des Peintres Graveurs Francais
Galleria Prova, Tokyo (Commission for 20 original watercolors, 1989)


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual (1959)
The Boston Arts Festival National Drawing Competition (1959)
The Associated American Artists 25th Anniversary Exhibition (1959)
The Society of American Graphic Artists Exhibition (1959, 1965, 1968)
The Boston Printmakers Exhibition (1960, 1961, 1964, 1974-78)
Ball State University National Drawing and Sculpture Exhibition (1958, 1959, 1964, 1966, 1968)
California Society of Etchers Annual (1961)
The San Francisco Art Institute 25th Annual Exhibition
The John Taylor Arms Medal, Audubon Artists (1962)
William and Bertha Clusmann Prize for Painting, Art Institute of Chicago (1962)
The National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition (1962, 1970, 1974)
Olivet College National Print Exhibition (1961, 1966, 1968)
The Annual National Print Exhibition; Atlanta, GA (1971, 1976)
Norfolk Museum American Drawing Biennials (1957, 1961, 1969)
The Gallery of Contemporary Arts 36th Southeastern Exhibition; Winston-Salem, NC. Best in Show (1972, 1975)
The Davidson National Drawing and Print Exhibition; Winston-Salem, NC (1974, 1975)
The University of Colorado First National Print and Drawing Exhibition (1974)
The Los Angeles Printmaking Society Third National Exhibition (1975)
The Library of Congress 24th Annual Exhibition of Prints (1975, 1977)
The Erie Art Center 52nd Annual Show (1975)
The College of the Siskiyous National Print and Drawing Competition (1975)
The Dulin Gallery of Art National Print and Drawing Competition (1976)
The Western Annual Juried Exhibtion of Works of Art on Paper (1976)
The Second Street Gallery National Print and Drawing Exhibition; Charlottesville, VA (1976)
The Hunterdon Art Center 17th National Print Exhibition (1976)
The State University of New York at Fredonia National Print Exhibtion (1976)
The National Arts Club (NTL) Graphic Competition (1976)
Arts '76; Pennsylvania State University (1976)
The Fifth Biennial International Matmedia Exhibition (1975)
The National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor. Best in Show (1976)


Faculty Research Grants; University of Wisconsin (1958-62)
Two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, 1960-61, with a renewal of the fellowship for the year 1961-62
Tamarind Lithography Workshop Fellowship (1961)
National Institute of Arts and Letters Awards (1963)
Fulbright-Hayes Research Scholar to France (1964-65)
Grants from the Institute of Arts and Humanistic Studies; Pennsylvania State University (1968, 1969, 1973, 1976)
Fellow of Institute of Arts and Humanistic Studies; Pennsylvania State University (1971-76)
Elected to the Societe Des Peintres Graveurs Francais (1976)
National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Printmaking (1976)


The artist's works have been reproduced and discussed in a number of
publications, some of which are listed below:

Art in America, Arts, Art News, American Artist, Vogue, The NewYork Times, The New York Herald Tribune, The New York Post, ThePhiladelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Daily News,The Milwaukee Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic,Arts and Spectacles (France), Figaro (France), The San FranciscoExaminer, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Daily News,The Louisville Courier Journal, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Excelsior(Mexico City), Novedades (Mexico City), The Washington Post,The Christian Science Monitor, Die Abend-Zeitung (Switzerland),The Denver Post, The Cleveland Sun, The Cleveland Plain Dealer,Holiday, The Detroit News, Les Lettres Francaises, La Vie Des Arts,The New Yorker Magazine, The Boston Globe, Le Monde (Paris),L'Aurore (Paris), The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis News,The New Orleans Times Picayune, The International Herald Tribune,The Sydney Telegraph (Australia), Ekspres (Izmir, Turkey), The Montreal Star

Achenbach Foundation, California Palace of The Legion of Honor
Albright Knox Gallery
Anchorage Fine Arts Museum
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; British Columbia
Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Institute of Chicago
Auburn University
Bibliotheque Nationale; Paris
Bibliotheque Royale; Belgium
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Public Library
Bradley University
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooks Memorial Gallery; Memphis
Butler Institute of American Art
Cincinnati Museum of Art
Cleveland Museum of Art
DeCordova and Dana Museum
Des Moines Art Center
Detroit Institute of Fine Arts
Dulin Gallery of Art
Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas; Mexico City
Georgia Museum of Art
Grinnell College; Iowa
Grunwald Collection; University of California, Los Angeles
Harvard University Fogg Museum of Art
Honolulu Academy of the Arts
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Kalamazoo Art Center
Krannert Art Museum; Champaign, IL
Kunstmuseum; Basel, Switzerland
Library of Congress
Los Angeles County Museum
Malmo Museum; Malmo, Sweden
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Milwaukee Art Center
Minnesota Museum of Art
Musee Carnavalet; Paris
Museum of Graphic Arts; New York
Museum of Modern Art; Haifa, Israel
Museum of Modern Art; New York
Museum of the University of Glasgow, Scotland
National Gallery of Art
Newark Art Museum
New York Public Library
New York University
New York State Universities at Potsdam, Fredonia, Cortland and Brockport
Norfolk Museum
North Carolina Museum of Art
Ohio State University
Oklahoma Art Center
Peoria Art Center
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art
Philbrook Art Center; Tulsa
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Phoenix Art Center
Princeton University Museum of Art
Rochester Gallery of Art
Royal Museum of Fine Arts; Copenhagen
San Diego Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Art
Silvermine Guild
Smithsonian Institute
Stedlijk Museum of Amsterdam
Sheldon Swope Art Gallery; Terre Haute, IN
Syracuse University
United States Embassies of London and Tokyo
United States Information Agency Offices at Bonn, Moscow, New Delhi, Sofia, Warsaw, Budapest, Bucharest and Prague
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of Colorado
University of Kentucky
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Minnesota
University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin
University of Oklahoma Art Museum
University of North Dakota
University of Nebraska
Utah State University
Victoria and Albert Museum; London
Wadsworth Atheneum
Wake Forest University
Western Illinois University
Walker Art Center
Whitney Museum of Art
Yale University Museum of Art


Dr. Harold Joachim
Former Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller
Mrs. Bliss Parkinson
Mrs. Irene Mayer Selznick
Mr. John Barth
The Container Corporation of America
The New York Hilton
The Lytton Savings & Loan Association of California
Mr. Richard Brown Baker
Mr. Walter C. Baker
Mr. Lessing J. Rosenwald
Mrs. Peter Deitsch
The Woodward Foundation
The First Minneapolis Bank
The IBM Corporation
The Milwaukee Journal
The First National Bank of Dallas
The Philip Morris Company
Mr. William Stryron
Hershey Foods Corporation
Coca-Cola Corporation
The First Savings & Loan Association; Miami, FL
The RCA Art Collection
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
The Grand Hyatt Hotel; New York
Prudential Insurance Company
Chemical Bank Southwest
The First City National Bank; Houston, TX
Houston National Bank
United Gas Pipeline
The Los Angeles Times
The Washington Post
The First National Bank; Washington, DC
Coopers and Lybrand; Washington, DC
Merrill, Lynch, Fenner and Pierce
Dean Witter Reynolds Corporation
Arthur Anderson Associates
Colorado National Bank

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