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December: Alan Singer – “Arthur Singer – My Father, His Artwork, and the Culture of the Times in Which He Lived.”
December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Alan Singer, the son of famous bird and wildlife artist, Arthur Singer, talk about his father!
Speaking from his experience, Alan grew up in this family of artists, and his father, Arthur, had been a child prodigy. Arthur had artwork published by the time he was a junior in high school. Arthur was noticed by curators at The American Museum of Natural History in NYC, and by the administrators of the Bronx Zoo.
Alan’s father had his first exhibition there at the zoo in 1942. After World War II he had the great fortune to work with some of the greats in mid- 20th century ornithology, and was employed by book publishers and magazine publishers who served the public with books and articles that he illustrated. Arthur loved nature, he was an ardent conservationist, and later in life he was awarded the kind of recognition that few ever achieve.
Alan will show examples of his father’s art, and speak about his life and times. Alan was fortunate in having the chance to collaborate with his dad on a number of projects like the Birds and Flowers stamps, and also the revision of his famous Golden Guide to Birds of North America. They worked together for nine years towards the end of Arthur’s career, and those years proved to be very important in the scope of his work.
Alan Singer is an artist, writer, and professor at the School of Art at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. “Both of my parents were working artists, and I learned the most from watching them create. Along with painting and printmaking, watercolor is one of my favorite mediums, and I now teach all of this and more at R.I.T.”
Alan Singer studied at the Art Students League, and The Cooper Union where he received his BFA. Graduate study began at Cornell University for his MFA,
and he won scholarships to attend Yale University at Norfolk, CT, Boston University at Tanglewood, MA, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME.
In 1982, he designed and illustrated an award winning series of U.S. postage stamps honoring the 50 State Birds and Flowers with his father, the noted wildlife artist, Arthur Singer.
Alan has worked with publishers as an illustrator including The National Geographic, Delacorte Press, Putnam’s, Random House, and Reader’s Digest. He has written and designed publications: State Birds, for Lodestar Books, and Botanica 2000 for Sonnenberg Gardens. in 1999, Rockport Press published his book “ Wildlife Art”, and he is currently developing “ Studio Practice “ a book devoted to interviews and practical advice for working artists in America.
His writing has been published as well in Arts Magazine, American Artist, Step-by-Step Graphics, American Ceramics, Bookpress, and chronicles cultural events for Metropolitan Magazine published by The Arts & Cultural
Council in Rochester, NY. Alan writes on his blog: Visual Art Worker ( VAW) hosted by First Fridays, at www.firstfridayrochester.org
Alan Singer’s art has been featured in exhibitions at The Smithsonian in Washington D.C., The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY with numerous solo and group shows in galleries primarily in the east.
For more information: www.singerarts.com