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 Dorothy Johnson Bergamo  (1912 - 2002)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Arizona      Known for: landscape and portrait painting, lithography, teaching

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Born in Chicago, Dorothy Bergamo was a painter and lithographer who had a distinguished career as an art teacher and artist, primarily in the style of Abstract Expressionism.

She grew up in Chicago and had her first art instructor from her father, Glenn Johnson who was a commercial artist. She took many Saturday classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with a BFA from there in 1937 and became a resident fellow the following year. In 1942, she married Ralph Bergamo and the year before earned an M.A. degree from Northwestern University. From 1943 to 1945, she taught at the San Antonio Art Institute in Texas before going to Arizona.

In 1948, she became associate professor of art at Arizona State College, now University, in Tempe, and was there until 1951. Following that her career included becoming the first professional Director of the Phoenix Arts Center, precursor of the Phoenix Art Museum, 1951-1956; and art consultant in the Phoenix Union High School District from 1957 to 1977. In 1978, she received a PhD at Ohio State University in Columbus.

She first traveled to the West in the summer of 1938, going to New Mexico to view Native American ceremonies in Gallup. Two years later, she spent a summer in Santa Fe painting portraits and landscapes and from that time, traveled extensively in the West and South including Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.

Exhibitions include the Chicago Art Institute, Texas Watercolor Society, Witte Museum, Bright Shawl Gallery in San Antonio, New York City Public Library and Merle Norman Studio in Phoenix.

Sources:

An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick

Online AZ Central.com 11/29/2009

Prescott Evening Courier, November 3, 1954; news.google.com

Biography from Arizona Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts:
The following is from a brochure titled "San Antonio Art Institute 1943 - 1944".

"Dorothy Bergamo, Ph.B., B.F.A., M.A. Commercial Art, Modeling and History of Art.

Mrs Bergamo attended the University of Chicago from 1930 to 1934 when she received the degree of Ph.B. From 1934 to 1938 she was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, where in 1937 she was awarded the Anna Louise Raymond Fellows Fellowship and in 1938 received the four-year diploma in the department of drawing, painting and illustration.

During 1938-1939 she was instructor in History of Art at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill., and from 1938-1943 was Instructor in Painting and the History of Art in the Municipal Junior College of the City of Chicago. In 1941, she received the M.A. degree from Northwestern University.

Mrs. Bergamo traveled extensively in the United States and in Italy. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and in museums throughout the country."

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