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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: portrait, landscape, and genre painting, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Burton Silverman has had 34 solo shows in New York, Boston, Philadelphia Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.  He has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Academy of Design Annuals, the Mexico City Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Butler Midyear Annuals, Denver Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center and National Museum of American Art.  He has won 36 major prizes and awards from such annual exhibitions as at the National Academy of Design, the American Watercolor Society and the Butler Institute of American Art.  He was awarded a Gold and Silver Medal from the American Watercolor Society, and the National Portrait Society and National Academy of Design has honored him with 6 awards as well as the Ranger Purchase Awards in 1983 and 1965. 

•    His paintings are represented in over two dozen public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The New Britain Museum, the Mint Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the National Museum of American Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Columbus Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.  His work is included in numerous private collections both in the U.S. and Europe.

•    Coming in 2010  "Realism Recovered": A retrospective at the Miller Museum of Jewish Art Tulsa OK

•    In 2006 "The Intimate Eye; the Drawings of Burton Silverman: A Retrospective:" opened at the Brigham Young Museum of Art and traveled to the  Butler Institute of American Art, and the Lyme Academy College of Art in 2007

•    FEBRUARY 2005 he was awarded the Annual Excellence in the Arts Award from the Newington Cropsey Cultural Foundation.

•    May and June of 2004 the Delaware Art Museum hosted the exhibition, "Glorious Dignity:" Drawings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman", and a sequential loan exhibit of these works has been shown in a 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Art in 2006.

•      In May 2004 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Portrait Society of America for lifetime achievement in figurative art in 1999.  He received the John Singer Sargent Medal from the American Society of Portrait Artists for a similar career of distinction. 

•    In 2002 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

•     In February of 1999, the Butler Institute of American Art held a 25-year retrospective exhibition of his work titled "Sight and Insight; the Art of Burton Silverman".  The exhibit also traveled to the Brigham Young Museum in Utah (May, 1999.)  A full monograph and catalog accompanied this exhibition

•    In the Spring of 1995 he conducted a seminar at the National Academy entitled “The Realist Alternative”, which probed the possible re-emergence of realism as a viable alternative to modernist art.  It included Tom Wolfe. Sidney Goodman and Harvey Dinnerstein

•    Since 1979 he has conducted lectures and seminar in both museums and Universities examining the nature of the Realist revival in serious American painting

Biography provided December 2009 by the artist, Burt Silverman

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