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 Thomas Scharman Buechner  (1926 - 2011)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Erich Asperschlager, studio assistant to Thomas Buechner:

Artist's full name: Thomas S. Buechner

Birth date, birth place: September 25, 1926. New York City

Primary residence of studio: Corning, NY

Subject matter for which known: Still Life, Portraits, and Landscapes

Style of work: Realist

Methods: Oil

BIOGRAPHY:
Born in New York City in 1926, Thomas Scharman Buechner attended Princeton University, the Art Student's League in New York and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.  He studied Old Master painting techniques in Amsterdam with M.M. van Dantzig, a pupil of Max Doerner's.

Subsequently employed as a designer and graphic artist on the Governor's staff in Puerto Rico, he specialized in exhibition design and was later employed by the Display Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The first Director of The Corning Museum of Glass (1950-1960) and then director of the Brooklyn Museum (1960-1971), Buechner simultaneously worked as an illustrator for the Chicago Tribune's and the Washington Post's "Book World" and did cassette jackets for operas a major interest.

In 1972, he became President of Steuben Glass, chairman of the Corning Glass Works Foundation, and President of The Corning Museum of Glass.  He helped to establish the Rockwell Museum in 1976, serving as its president for ten years.  In 1985 he became a Vice President of Corning Glass Works.

As author and lecturer, Buechner is well known to glass scholars, artists and collectors.  He wrote the glass section for the Encyclopedia Britannica and founded both the Journal of Glass Studies and the New Glass Review.  (His best known book is Norman Rockwell, Artist and Illustrator, published by Abrams in 1971.)

Painting full time since 1986, he remains a consultant to Corning, Incorporated and serves on a number of boards.  An established portrait, landscape, and still-life painter with a particular interest in Old Master techniques, Buechner has had many one-man exhibitions in New York, throughout this country, and in Germany and Japan.

His paintings have been acquired by museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art.  An extensive traveler, he teaches in Rome and Germany, Corning and Elmira and conducts workshops for various schools.

His most recent book, How I Paint, was published by Harry N. Abrams in June, 2000.

Tom and Mary Buechner have three children and seven grandchildren.

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY
Musee des Arts Decoratif, Lausanne, Switzerland
Edmund P. Pillsbury, Fort Worth, TX
The Harvard Club, New York, NY
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

BOOKS WHERE REFERENCED:
Norman Rockwell, Artist and Illustrator, Thomas S. Buechner, 1971, Harry N. Abrams
How I Paint: Secrets of a Sunday Painter, Thomas S. Buechner, 2000, Harry N. Abrams
The Arts of David Levine, Thomas S. Buechner, 1978, Knopf
The Art of Ogden Pleissner, Thomas S. Buechner, 1984, Godine
Guide to the Collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Thomas S. Buechner, 1953-1960
Guide to the Collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Thomas S. Buechner, 1967
Buechner, Rachel Sadinsky; 1995, The Arnot Art Museum
Artists of America, Colorado Historical Society, 1981-2000
The Six Parts of Painting, Martin Poole, 1994, The Lawrenceville School
Contemporary Stained Glass, Robert Kehlman, 1992
Color in Contemporary Painting, Donald Holden, 1992, Watson Guptill
Transients: Thomas S. Buechner, Kenneth Lindquist, 1985, The Arnot Art Museum

PERIODICALS WHERE REFERENCED:
American Artist, September 2000, "How I Paint" book review
American Artist, May 1993, "Artists on Location," Stephen Doherty, p. 34
American Artist, October 1992, "Thomas S. Buechner: Painting from Life" Stephen Doherty, p. 44
American Artist, June 1980, "Thomas S. Buechner: An Artist in Business", Stephen Doherty, p. 38
American Artist, April 1998, "Continuing the Plein Air Tradition", M. Stephen Doherty, p. 61
U.S. Art, August 1988, "Art as Attitude", Nancy Roberts, p. 20
International Artist, April/May 2001, "Tone Versus Color," p. 38
Signature, Spring 1997, "Thomas S. Buechner": Karen Nystrom, p. 8

SPECIAL AWARDS:
Glass Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award, 2001
One-Man Exhibitions:
The Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, Retrospective with catalog - 1985 & 1995
A.M. Adler Fine Arts, New York, NY 1982 and 1984
Apple Gallery, Elmira, NY 1975 through 1984
Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, NY 1978
West End Gallery, Corning, NY 1987 through 2001
Heller Gallery, New York City, NY 1989
Gallerie M, Lindau, Germany 1989
The Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME 1988, 1998
Hayden-Hays Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO 1988, 1994
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC 1988
Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ 1989, 1994
Arnold Gallery, Newport, RI 1986, 1991, 1994, 1998
Addison-Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC 1986
Gallery Nakama, Tokyo, Japan 1990
OK Harris, New York, NY 1990, 1993, 1996
St. Paul's School, Concord, NH 1991, 1995
Weissenstein Castle, Regen, Germany 1996
Carson Gallery, Denver, CO 1999
Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC 2000
Rodger La Pelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA 2000
Hudson River Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY 2001

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Exactitude: Recent Acquisitions 1988"
171 Cedar Arts Center: Corning Painters Group 1979 through 1998
Artists of America, Denver, CO 1981 through 2000
Great American Artists, Cincinnati, OH 1996 through 2001
The Century Association, New York, NY: Artist Members Exhibition - 1964 through 2001
National Academy of Design, New York, NY 1946, 1970's and 80's, 1991
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK: "Artists in Miniature" 1986 through 1995
The Hubbard Award 1991

Biography from Jerald Melberg Gallery:
Born in 1926, Thomas Buechner is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School.  He has attended Princeton University and the Art Students League as well as the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  His long and varied career as artist and administrator has included being the founding director of the Corning Museum of Glass and the director of the Brooklyn Museum.

Buechner has had over thirty-five solo exhibitions, and his works are in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Art.

Ordinary, if sometimes curious, subjects are transformed into the extraordinary in Buechner's exquisite renderings.  Working directly from observation, Buechner says "?it is in the intellectual and emotional response, the conscious and subconscious associations of the artist, that the potential power of painting lies."

Biography from Broadmoor Galleries:
Born in 1926, Thomas Buechner is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School. He attended Princeton University and the Art Students League as well as the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His long and varied career as artist and administrator has included being the founding director of the Corning Museum of Glass and the director of the Brooklyn Museum. Buechner has had over thirty-five solo exhibitions, and his works are in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Art. Ordinary--if sometimes curious--subjects are transformed into the extraordinary in Buechner's exquisite renderings. Working directly from observation, Buechner says "?it is in the intellectual and emotional response, the conscious and subconscious associations of the artist, that the potential power of painting lies."

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