Louis Schanker  (American, 1903-1981) 


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Louis Schanker Biography
1903   Born: Bronx, NY
1918   Quit school and joined the Sparks Circus in Macon, GA
1919   Studied at Cooper Union, New York, NY
Studied at the Art Students League with Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and Milton Avery, New York, NY
Studied at the Educational Alliance, New York, NY
1931 - 1932   Studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, France
1933 - 1934   Public Works Administration Project, PWAP, Washington, D.C.
1935   Became a member of "The Ten", New York, NY
Studied Woodcuts with Werner Drewes, New York, NY
1937   Founding Member, American Abstract Artists, New York, NY
Commissioned casein wax mural: WNYC radio station, New York, NY
1939   Commissioned mural, New York World's Fair (Science and Health building), New York, NY
1938 - 1941   Graphic Arts Supervisor (Murals Division) for the Works Progress Administration-Federal Art Project, New York, NY
Member of the Mural Painters Guild, New York, NY
1942 - 1943   Instructor at the New School of Social Research, New York, NY
1959   Instructor at the Walker Art Centre, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1949 - 1964   Instructor, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1981   Died: New York, NY
Selected Exhibitions
1978   Retrospective, Associated American Artists, New York, NY (solo)
1974   Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1959   Walker Art Centre, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
1943   Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1937   American Abstract Artists' (AAA) first annual exhibition, New York, NY
1936   Gallery Secession, New York, NY
Whitney Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1935   Montrose Gallery, New York, NY
1933   Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Art Centre Gallery, New York, NY
Bibliotheque Nationale, Madrid, Spain
1930   Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, NY
1929   Marie Harriman Gallery, New York, NY
1922   Anderson Galleries, New York, NY
The Morton Gallery, New York, NY
  The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT