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 Joseph Konopka  (1932 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/New Jersey      Known for: landscape, cityscape, portrait, figure

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My younger brother, Joseph S. Konopka, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 6, 1932. Our family moved to Jersey City, NJ, in 1939, where an Uncle recognized his interest and abilities in painting. He supported him with an appreciation of his talents, and gave him gifts of the precious art supplies he needed.

His first "commission" was from his grammar school classmates, a painting of an Indian on a horse, overlooking a mountain scene. It became a gift of the 8th grade graduating class to the school.

Joseph graduated from Cooper Union Art School, New York, NY in June 1954. He also attended Columbia University, New York, NY for a year, where he studied under Woodman Thompson, a famous Broadway set designer.

Since 1955 he has worked for NBCTV as a Scenic Artist, his time there interrupted only by the draft into the US Army, where his special talents were immediately recognized and he was assigned to make illustrations for charts and books in the Department of Training Publications. For sixteen months he was reassigned to the Office of the Military Aide to the President in the White House, where he did hand lettering, script and calligraphy for invitations, cards, testimonials and other White House social occasions.

Konopka is still with NBCTV, where for fifty years he has worked as a Scenic Artist in studios and theaters and other locations where TV shows were broadcast. He painted sets and built props for the Today Show, the Tonight Show (with Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, David Letterman), NBC Operas, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Philco Theater, Kraft Music Shows, Soap Operas, Election Reports, News Shows, the Moon Landing, the Apollo Space Shows, the Miss America festivities in Atlantic City, and many other NBCTV productions. Presently, he works for the Late Night Show with Conan O'Brien.

During his nights and weekends Konopka is a prolific painter. In his early adult years he passionately painted his wife, Casey, in her daily routines and activities with the scenes and landscapes of New Jersey as her background.

He painted a series of views from the top of the World Trade Center, 26 portraits of people he met in the Art World, portraits of the children in his extended family, a series of tall ships during the 1976 Bicentennial Celebrations, a series of lighthouses, scenes of the shore and the highways and byways of New Jersey.

Konopka works in acrylics, watercolor, pencil and pen and ink drawings. He presents the solitary figure in a landscape. He is a realist painter of landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, and his colors are delicate, muted, soft and gentle, yet sharp at the same time.

His works are in 174 Museums, Historical Societies and Collections in the United States, Puerto Rico, Poland, Vatican City, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. He has had 19 one-man exhibits and has been in 85 group exhibits.

Konopka is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, New York, NY.

He was a member of the Associated Artists of New Jersey and was Vice President from 1976 to 1985. He is listed in "Who's Who in American Art".

Konopka paints in the studio of his Victorian home in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

John Konopka, brother of the artist.

Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Monmouth College, Permanent Art Collection, West Long Branch, NJ
Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences, Morristown, NJ
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Vatican Museum, Vatican City State, Europe
Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Polish Museum of America, Chicago, IL
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Statue of Liberty National Monument Museum, New York, NY
New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
National Museum of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Lodz Museum of Art, Lodz, Poland
National Museum of Krakow, Krakow, Poland
Bergen Museum of Art & Science, Paramus, NJ

1998 Works from the Permanent Collection South Bend Regional Museum of Art South Bend IN
1998 Blowin in the Wind The Noyes Museum of Art Oceanville NJ
1998 Sixteenth State Juried Exhibition Ocean County Artists Guild Island Heights NJ
1997 Immortal Beauty: Artists Capture Miss America The Noyes Museum of Art Oceanville NJ
1997 31st Annual State Juried Art Show Atlantic City Art Center Atlantic City NJ
1996 A Large Show of Small Works Cooper Union School of Art New York NY
1996 Works from the Permanent Collection The Ogunquit Museum of American Art Ogunquit ME
1996 Urban Studies Nabisco Gallery East Hanover NJ
1996 National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylics 43rd Annual Exhibition Salamundi Club New York NY
1996 Art from Permanent Collection Statue of Liberty National Monument Museum New York NY
1996 Paintings from Noyes Museum of Art New Jersey's State House Annex Trenton NJ
1994 Getting Real: 20th Century American Realism from the Philip Desind Collection South Bend Regional Museum of Art South Bend IN
1993 Twelfth State Juried Exhibition Ocean County Artists Guild Island Heights NJ
1992 Corporations Collection I Morris Museum Morristown NJ
1991 Recent Acquisitions Bergen Museum of Art & Science Paramus NJ
1991 Juried Art Exhibition 1991 Bergen Museum of Art & Science Paramus NJ
1990 Urban Images Hunterdon Art Center Clinton NJ
1990 29th Annual State Juried Art Show Atlantic City Art Center
1990 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Associated Artists of NJ Hunterdon Art Center
1989 Atchitectural Themes in Art Nabisco Brands Gallery
1988 Associated Artists of NJ Trenton State College
1987 Mainstream America:Collection of Phil Desind Butler Institute of American Art
1986 Associated Artists of NJ Trenton City Museum
1985 Razor Show Hudson Center
1985 32nd Annual Juried Exhibit Hunterdon Art Center

1996 Atlantic City Art Center Atlantic City NJ
1994 Ocean County Artists Guild Island Heights NJ
1989 Atlantic City Art Center Atlantic City NJ
1987-1988 Newark Public Library Newark NJ
1984 Oakside Bloomfield Cultural Center Bloomfield NJ
1982 Discovery Art Galleries Clifton NJ
1976 Newark Museum Newark NJ
1976 Rhode Island College Providence RI
1976 Kosciuszko Foundation New York NY
1974 County College of Morris Dover NJ
1970 Bloomfield College Bloomfield NJ

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