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 Shirley Kravitt  (1920 - 2009)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/California / France      Known for: abstract painting

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Biography from Kamp Gallery, Inc.:
Shirley Kravitt was born in 1920 and grew up in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. She was initially taught to paint by her artist father, and she later attended the Art Institute of Chicago.  At the age of 39, as wife and mother, she took her two young children to Europe for an extended stay to view and study art in the museums and churches.  Ms. Kravitt sold her paintings to finance her stay.

In 1962, she attended the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where she was awarded a prize for best foreign artist in 1963.  Ms. Kravitt won the Silver Medal of Paris in the International Salon of the Museum in Paris in 1964, as well as the gold medal of Athens at the International Exhibit in Greece at Zapion Palace in 1967.  Ms. Kravitt has held at least 19 one-woman shows, including exhibitions at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris.

Upon her return to Chicago, Ms. Kravitt immersed herself in many of the arts. She helped found the Auxiliary Board of the School of the Art Institute and served on the Board of Trustees.  She spent many years volunteering with the Lyric Opera, the Hubbard Street Dance Company, Ravinia Festival and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.  As a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations as well as the International Platform Association, Ms. Kravitt frequently lectured on topics of art and cultural liaisons between the former Soviet Union and the United States.

Ms. Kravitt died in 2009.

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