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 Phyllis Halperin Bramson  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Wisconsin      Known for: abstract painting, collage, graphics, art educator

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Using oil paint and mixed media, Abstract artist, Phyllis Bramson creates images that often reflect her interest in theater.

Bramson was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1941.  She attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1963.  One year later she earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  In 1973, she obtained her second Master’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.  The summer of 1962 was spent in Norfolk, Connecticut studying at the Yale Summer Art School.

Phyllis Bramson began teaching at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois in 1972 and kept the position for ten years.  In 1985 she was hired as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  She has served as the Visiting Artist at universities in Australia and the United States, and was on the board for the College Art Association for three years.

The recipient of numerous fellowship awards, including two from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 1976 and 1983, a Fulbright to Australia in 1988, the University of Wisconsin’s Vilas in 1964, and two from the Illinois Arts Council in 1981 and 1988, Bramson has also been honored with the 1980 Louis Comfort Tiffany grant.

Bramson solo exhibitions have been held at the Monique Knowlton Gallery and G.W. Einstein in New York City.  Her work has been in group exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago; Dart Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; Farideh Cadot of Paris, France; Marilyn Butler Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona; Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois; New Museum in New York City; and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Her work is part of the permanent collections of institutions, such as the Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; Illinois State Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois; and the Museum of Toulon in France.

Submitted by Jenna Wuensche, Researcher

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

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