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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, with permission of the artist, is from the artist's website:
http://harrietfebland.com/about/collections.htm.  The artist is President of the American Society of Contemporary Artists and also served in that capacity from 1981 to 1983.  In 2008, she was appointed a Founding Member of the International Women's Review Board of the American Biographical Institute to support individual accomplishments of women around the globe.

A solo show of of her work is to be held at National Association of Women Artists Gallery in New York City from March 6 to March 29, 2013.  The exhibit pays homage to the memory of her astute and exceptional friends Margaret Radoff (collector) and Rose Shar- framer to the major New York City museums. Both were active in the arts and mentored and supported Ms. FeBland throughout many decades.

During a long career Harriet FeBland has created sculpture, paintings, drawings and graphics that have been shown in many countries outside the United States.  These include England and France, Japan and Mexico.  It was as an American abroad that this New York born and educated artist began her professional career. She lived and worked in England and France and actively participated in European art circles for more than a decade.  Her recognition as a pioneer constructivist sculptor-painter came in the early 60's with her major New York exhibition "Plastic in Art" at the Galerie International.  It was soon followed with an invitation from Thelma Newman to be included in the book Plastics As An Art Form published by Chilton Press in 1963. This work is still considered the eminent text on the subject today. It also highlights the handful of pioneer artist's working with plastics at that time, and the beginnings of 'construction' as the art form of Ms. FeBland.

Other articles appeared in magazines of the day. Harriet FeBland was termed 'visionary' and 'innovator' in Arts magazine; Today's Art; Rohm & Haas Reporter; Plastics World; Art Journal and others.  A major show of all her work was shown at the Hudson River Museum in 1963 when women artists were not easily welcomed to the art world mainstream.  Her career varied, and she produced, paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphics and continued to criss-cross the Atlantic exhibiting her art until this day.  She has worked with Stanley Hayter refining her graphics at the Atelier 17 in Paris, and showed at the Alwyn Galerie and the Drian Gallery in London and Musee D'Art Moderne, in Paris.  Working with unusual materials, Plexiglas, acrylics, metals (nails) and electricity, long before they were acceptable or normal choices, she mixed her own paints from powdered plastics (acrylic paint was not yet invented) and coined the term 'construction' (now part of the art lexicon) to describe her style of sculpture.

Today her art can be seen in the collections (in the USA) of Pepsico, Somers, N.Y.; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio; Metromedia, Los Angeles; New School Art Center, New School For Social Research, New York City; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; The State of Hawaii, Art and Cultural Foundation, Hilo, Hawaii; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, N.Y.; and many others around the country. Her monumental aluminum totem titled "Electra" is a landmark sculpture installed at the entrance to the White Plains County Court House in Westchester County.  Some major private collectors are: Mr. John Kluge, Los Angeles, California; Honorable and Mrs. Irwin Davidson Collection of American Art, New York N.Y.; Dr and Mrs. John Haverly Collection (Director of the Agnes K Haverly Foundation, New York), and many others.

There have been 47 solo exhibitions of FeBland works and numerous invitational exhibitions. Invitational exhibits include Cincinnati Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum; Carnegie Institute; Grounds For Sculpture Museum; National Academy Of Design; New York Cultural Center; Musée D'Art Moderne; and many more. Ms. FeBland now works out of her studio in New York City and has been producing large and small constructions, particularly her renown boxes and totems, and a variety of drawings and prints. In recent years her interest in the Moku Hanga technique in woodcut block printing has resulted in a series of fine editions and giclée prints of her well known "Chronicle Series" drawings, produced and shown at the Contemporary Illustrators Gallery in 1998.

Throughout her career Harriet FeBland was actively concerned with artist's affairs and became President of the American Society of Contemporary Artists in New York and also President of the New York Artists Equity Association. She was Director of the Harriet FeBland Art Workshop until 1993, a school for advanced painters in Westchester and New York which she founded in 1962. Her workshops and master classes in painting have been given at London University, Chelsea School of Art in England; New York University; Bennington College, Vermont; Iona College New Rochelle; Santa Fe New Mexico and elsewhere

She is referenced in the following biographies.

Who's Who in American Art; Who's Who of American Women; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the World; Dictionary of International Biographies (England); Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

RESUME

EARLY YEARS

Born in New York and trained there. Studied at Pratt Institute, New York University, American Artist School, Art Students League and other schools. Studies continued abroad while living in England and France for 11 years. Actively participated in European art circles exhibiting the Musee D'Art Moderne, Paris; Alwin Galleries and the Drian Gallery, London.

RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES

Opened a studio in New York and Westchester. In the United States, early 1960's gained recognition as a pioneer constructivist sculptor/painter. Worked with unusual materials (for the time) (plexiglass, acrylics, metals-nails and electricity) long before they were acceptable or normal choices. Invented the term "Construction" now part of the art lexicon, to define her art form. Numerous articles described her as "innovator" and "visionary", "New Art Forms in Plexiglas." Rohm and Haas Reporter Magazine, March 1966 and Plastics World Magazine, January 1966.

TEACHING

Lecturer and Instructor, New York University 1960-61
Faculty Member, Westchester Art Workshop 1965-1972

FOUNDED SCHOOL

Founded school for advanced painters in 1962, Named "Harriet FeBland Art Workshop." Remained Director until 1993. Workshops were held in N.Y.C. and Pelham, New York (Westchester). Workshops were also given at: Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont; Chelsea School of Art, London University, London, England; College of New Rochelle and Iona College, both in New Rochelle, New York; Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico; and elsewhere.

INVITATIONAL EXHIBITS (Partial List)

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Sarah Lawrence College Gallery, Bronxville, NY
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Brainerd Art Center, State University Of New York, Potsdam, NY
Riverside Museum, New York City
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
New York Cultural Center Gallery Museum, New York City
New School For Social Research Art Center, New York City
Musee D'art Moderne, Paris France
National Academy Of Design, New York City
Modern Art Center, Guadalajara, Mexico
Institute Of Contemporary Art, New York City
The Graphic Arts Council, Krasdale Galleries, New York And White Plains, NY
Society of American Graphic Artists, New York City
National Association of Women Artists, New York. (exhibits: nationally and internationally).
Grounds For Sculpture Museum, Hamilton, NJ
Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
UAHC Galleries, New York, NY
The Banana Factory: Binney & Smith Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
United Nations "Millennium Collection" NAWA, New York City
Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega, Alabama
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
Pacific States Biennial, University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI
Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
The Clifton Art Center, Clifton, NJ
Grand Gallery, Art Students League, NYC (SAGA)
Salisbury Art Institute Gallery, Salisbury, Maryland
Valdosta Fine Art Gallery, Valdosta University, Valdosta, GA
University of Wisconsin Museum, Parkside, Kenosha, WS
Hunter Art Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Lessedra World Print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria
Iona College Art Center, Iona Council for the Arts, New Rochelle, NY

SOLO EXHIBITS

47 Solo exhibitions including 4 retrospectives.

Retrospectives:

Brainerd Art Gallery Museum, State University of New York, Potsdam, New York 1986
Municipal Art Center Galleries, White Plains, New York (works chosen by John I.H. Baur, former Director, Whitney Museum) 1976
Silvermine Art Center, Vassos Gallery, Connecticut, 1973
Hudson River Museum (all galleries), Yonkers, New York, 1963

Other solo exhibits include: (partial list)

Riverside Museum, New York City, 1975
Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, 1976
Katonah Gallery (now called "Katonah Museum"), Katonah, New York; 1970, 1980
Vincent Price Gallery, Chicago, Ill 1977
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 1971
Virginia Center For the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Virginia 1986
Janer 81 Gallery, New York City, 1998
Contemporary Illustrators Gallery, New York City, 1998
The National Space Society, New York City 1996, Houston, Texas, 1999
UAHC Galleries, New York City, 1999-2000
The Donnell Library Center (across from MoMA) "Works on Paper", New York City, 2003
The Galleries of the Interchurch Center, "Poetic Geometry", New York City, 2004

HONORS AND AWARDS

National Association of Women Artists (1966 through 2002). Various awards in painting, sculpture and printmaking.
American Society of Contemporary Artists (1977 through 2001). Awards in painting and printmaking.
Hudson River Museum 1976 through 1987. Awards in painting and sculpture.
Agnes K. Haverly Foundation (film for TV, produced, sponsored and funded by the foundation) titled: "Harriet FeBland" 1983
International Woman of the Year "Women Choose Women" N.O.W.
International Woman of the Year 1997/98; 1999/2000; 2001/2002 I.B.C. (Cambridge, England).
Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA) Robert Conover Memorial Award in Graphics, 1999.

COLLECTIONS (Partial List)

State of Hawaii, Art in Public Places Collection
Pepsico Corp., Somers, New York
Sealy Corp., Chicago, Ill.
Metromedia, TV, Los Angeles, CA
John Kluge, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. & Mrs. John Haverly, New York City (Director: Agnes K. Haverly Foundation)
New School For Social Research Art Center, New York City
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York
Hempstead Bank of New York, Hempstead, New York
Hon. & Mrs. Irwin Davidson Collection of American Art, New Rochelle, N.Y., and New York City
Jane Voorhess Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Emile Lowe Gallery, Miami University, Coral Gables, Florida
Tweed Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Westisle Art Center, Prince Edward Isle, Canada
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
City of White Plains, Country Court House Plaza, White Plains, NY
Library of Congress Print Collection, Washington DC
State of Hawaii, Art in Public Places Collection
Ground For Sculpture Museum, Hamilton, NY

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Past President: New York Artists Equity Association, 1989-90
Past President: American Society of Contemporary Artists, 1982 and 1983; President Emeritus 2002-
Delegate: American Art Committee, United Nations, 1978-1981
Society of American Graphic Artists
Women in the Arts Foundation

FELLOWSHIP HONOREE

The Tyrone Guthrie Center, Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland; Virginia Center For The Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Virginia.
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont 2004

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
State University of New York, Potsdam College, Potsdam, New York

BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Who's Who In America
Who's Who In American Art
Who's Who In The World
Who's Who of American Women
Who's Who In the East
Who's Who In The 21st Century
Marquis Who's Who
Dictionary of International Biographies (England)
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Professional Woman's Advisory Board, A.B.I
Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers
of the U.S., Colonial to 2002
2000 Notable American Women
Honorary Society of America
Who's Who in the United States



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