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 Bessie Boris  (1917 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/New York      Known for: mod figur-genre, abstraction

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Abstract painter, Bessie Boris, is best known for her mixed-media artwork.

Boris was born in 1917 in Johnston, Pennsylvania.  She attended the Pratt Institute from 1934 to 1936.  From 1940 to 1942 she studied painting at the Art Students League of New York City with the Abstract artist Vaclav Vytlacil, and George Grosz, an illustrator, painter, and printmaker also recognized for his style of Abstraction.

Her solo exhibitions have been held at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Cober Gallery of New York City; Image Gallery in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery of New York City; and Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. 

Her work has been included in group exhibitions held by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Norfolk Museum of Fine Arts in Virginia; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia; Silvermine Guild of Artists of New Canaan, Connecticut; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.

Boris’s artwork is part of the permanent collections at institutions including the Berkshire Museum of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City; Montclair Museum of Art in New Jersey; Norfolk Museum of Fine Arts; Denver Museum in Colorado; Smith College of Northampton, Massachusetts; and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Submitted by Jenna Wuensche, Researcher

Jules Heller and Nancy G. Heller, North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Missouri Valley Show, Mulvane Museum, 1948; one-man show at the Mulvane, 1950; Mills Gallery, NY, 1960; Cober Gallery, New York City, in 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965,

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Born Johnstown, PA, 1917; died 1993. Painter. Studied at the Art Student’s League with George Gross and Vaclav Vytlacil. Lived and painted in Hampton, VA, Montgomery, AL & Nashville, TN before moving to Topeka in 1940s.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Topeka Cap & Topeka J (Topeka Capital, Topeka J (aka Topeka J) newspapers—usually reports of the Kansas Artists Exhibition 1st= Topeka Cap Nov. 11, 1925 9th= Topeka J Nov. 11, 1933 2nd= Topeka Cap Nov. 10, 1926 10th= Topeka J Nov. 10, 1934 3rd= Topeka J Nov. 19, 1927 11th= Topeka J Jan. 7, 1936 4th= Topeka J Nov. 3, 1928 12th= Topeka J Nov. 11 & 14, 1936 5th= Topeka J Nov. 2, 1929 14th= Topeka J Jan. 22, 1938 6th= Topeka J Oct. 18 & Nov. 1, 1930 15th= Topeka J Mar. 10, 1939 7th= Topeka J Oct. 24, 1931 16th= Topeka J Feb. 2 & 10, 1940 8th= Topeka J Oct. 22, 1932 17th= Topeka J Mar. 8 & 17, 1941) (Nov. 10, 1948); NMAA files
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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