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 Norman Barr  (1908 - 1994)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: mod figure-working class, mural

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Norman Barr, WPA artist, was born in 1908 and died in NYC in 1994.  He studied at the New York Academy of Art.  In the late 1930's he was one of six artists chosen in a competition by ACA Galleries.  He remained with the ACA Gallery until 1943 when he was inducted in the army.  Through a national competition conducted by the Pepsi-Cola Company, his work was included in a traveling exhibition 1943 through 1944 and was seen at the Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Institute, San Francisco Museum, Los Angeles County Museum, Cleveland Museum, etc.

His work was selected in a national competition for inclusion in an exhibition at the Tupperware Museum, Florida in 1956, and was included in the "First Cape Cod Artists Traveling Exhibition" organized by the Rowland Foundation 1957 to 1958. In Provincetown, the Heritage Museum and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum have Barr's work.

He has participated in the following national and regional juried exhibitions: Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Audubon Artists' Society, Providence Art Club, Silvermine Guild of Artists, Provincetown Art Association., Eastern States Exposition and Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, Art USA, Butler Institute of American Art, and American Drawings, Portsmouth, Virginia.

He was also in the following exhibitions: "Collectors' Choice" at the Jewish Museum, American Society of Contemporary Artists, New School of Social Research, New York State Capitol, Pensacola Art Center, Long Island University, Adelphi University, University of Pennsylvania., Seton Hall, New York; W.P.A. Artists "Then and Now" exhibition.

His murals appear in the Municipal Building, New York City, Roosevelt Island Babies Hospital, New York City; and Julia Richmond High School, New York City; and were completed while he was on the WPA mural project from 1934-1937.  In addition he was on the WPA easel project from 1937-1943.  The Museum of the City of New York in 1987 purchased 12 of his paintings, done in the 1930's and 40's.

He is included in the Archives of American Art, the Who's Who in American Art; Who's Who in the East and Distinguished Mid-Atlantic Artists.

Submitted December 2003 by Jeanette Hendler, New York City.

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