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Mid-20th c. New York Modernist Harriet FeBland "The Party" Abstract d.1963

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Harriet FeBland

Harriet FeBland is President of the American Society of Contemporary Artists and also served in that capacity from 1981 to 1983. In 2008, she was appointed a Founding Member of the International Women's Review Board of the American Biographical Institute to support individual accomplishments of women around the globe.

Born in New York and trained there. Studied at Pratt Institute, New York University, American Artist School, Art Students League and other schools. Studies continued abroad while living in England and France for 11 years. Actively participated in European art circles exhibiting the Musee D'Art Moderne, Paris; Alwin Galleries and the Drian Gallery, London.

Opened a studio in New York and Westchester. In the United States, early 1960's gained recognition as a pioneer constructivist sculptor/painter. Worked with unusual materials (for the time) (plexiglass, acrylics, metals-nails and electricity) long before they were acceptable or normal choices. Invented the term "Construction" now part of the art lexicon, to define her art form. Numerous articles described her as "innovator" and "visionary", "New Art Forms in Plexiglas." Rohm and Haas Reporter Magazine, March 1966 and Plastics World Magazine, January 1966.

She founded the school for advanced painters in 1962, Named "Harriet FeBland Art Workshop." Remained Director until 1993. Workshops were held in N.Y.C. and Pelham, New York (Westchester). Workshops were also given at: Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont; Chelsea School of Art, London University, London, England; College of New Rochelle and Iona College, both in New Rochelle, New York; Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico; and elsewhere.

47 Solo exhibitions including 4 retrospectives.


Brainerd Art Gallery Museum, State University of New York, Potsdam, New York 1986
Municipal Art Center Galleries, White Plains, New York (works chosen by John I.H. Baur, former Director, Whitney Museum) 1976
Silvermine Art Center, Vassos Gallery, Connecticut, 1973
Hudson River Museum (all galleries), Yonkers, New York, 1963

Solo exhibits include: (partial list)
Riverside Museum, New York City, 1975
Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, 1976
Katonah Gallery (now called "Katonah Museum"), Katonah, New York; 1970, 1980
Vincent Price Gallery, Chicago, Ill 1977
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 1971
Virginia Center For the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Virginia 1986
Janer 81 Gallery, New York City, 1998
Contemporary Illustrators Gallery, New York City, 1998
The National Space Society, New York City 1996, Houston, Texas, 1999
UAHC Galleries, New York City, 1999-2000
The Donnell Library Center (across from MoMA) "Works on Paper", New York City, 2003
The Galleries of the Interchurch Center, "Poetic Geometry", New York City, 2004

National Association of Women Artists (1966 through 2002). Various awards in painting, sculpture and printmaking.
American Society of Contemporary Artists (1977 through 2001). Awards in painting and printmaking.
Hudson River Museum 1976 through 1987. Awards in painting and sculpture.
Agnes K. Haverly Foundation (film for TV, produced, sponsored and funded by the foundation) titled: "Harriet FeBland" 1983
International Woman of the Year "Women Choose Women" N.O.W.
International Woman of the Year 1997/98; 1999/2000; 2001/2002 I.B.C. (Cambridge, England).
Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA) Robert Conover Memorial Award in Graphics, 1999.

Past President: New York Artists Equity Association, 1989-90
Past President: American Society of Contemporary Artists, 1982 and 1983; President Emeritus 2002-
Delegate: American Art Committee, United Nations, 1978-1981
Society of American Graphic Artists
Women in the Arts Foundation

Credit: Who's Who in American Art,

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