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 Michael Jay Knigin  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut      Known for: painting, lithography, photography, computer graphics, teaching

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Michael Knigin attended and graduated from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. During his junior year, he was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant to study fine art lithography at the renowned Tamarind Lithography Workshop, in Los Angeles.  After graduating college in 1966, Knigin started teaching at the Pratt Graphic Center in Manhattan where he started a fine art lithography workshop.  After a year and a half he opened his own publishing company, Chiron Press, and added a silkscreen printing facility. The shop remained in existence for over seven years, printing and publishing editions for the most renowned contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Paul Jenkins.

In 1970 and 1971 he co-authored two books on lithography, which were published by Van Nostrand/Reinhold.  In 1974, Knigin was invited by the Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Foundation to establish the first professional lithography workshop in Israel and to train a group of young Israeli artists.  In 1988 he was appointed to the NASA Art Team and was sent to the Kennedy Space Center to visually interpret the launch of the space shuttle Discovery, celebrating NASA's return to space after the Challenger's disaster in 1986.  In 1991 he was recalled to interpret the touchdown of the space shuttle Atlantis at Edward's Air Force Base.

Knigin's work is included in over 60 museums and corporate collections, including the Whitney American Museum of Art, Albright-Knox, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, The Portland Museum of Art, The Israel Museum, The Port Authority of NY, Citibank, NASA, U.S. Dept. of State, and the Phillip Morris Collection.  His work has been written about in approximately forty articles, featured in publications such as the New York Times, Art in America, and Art News.  Last but not least, he has been commissioned to create art by over forty corporations and institutions.

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Biography from Leonard Davenport Fine Arts / LSDArt:
Michael Knigen studied at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, where, in his junior year, he was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant to study fine art lithography at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles.  In 1967, he joined the faculty of the Pratt Graphic Center in Manhattan and pioneered a fine art lithography workshop.  In addition to his professorship there, he has held professorships at Yale and Long Island University.

In 1968, he opened his own publishing company, Chiron Press, and added a silkscreen printing facility, the first facility in the United States that combined lithography and screen-printing.  The shop printed editions for well-known contemporary artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Paul Jenkins.  In 1974, he established the first professional lithography workshop in Israel.  In 1988 he was appointed to the NASA Art Team to visually interpret the launch of the space shuttle "Discovery".   In 1991 he was recalled to interpret the touchdown of the space shuttle "Atlantis" at Edward's Air Force Base.

Between 1978 and 1982, Knigin created a series of 50 paintings and prints inspired by the works of Japanese woodblock print artists.  He created the paintings with an innovative process in which his photographs of the city skyline were developed directly onto a special photographic canvas called Luminos.  Knigin then added interpretations of Japanese images to the foreground by hand with acrylic and enamel paint.  His line drawings are quite true to the original Japanese woodblock prints, but he took creative liberties with color and a myriad of textures.  The "Japanese Suite" sold out, as did subsequent limited edition lithographs from the original paintings.

Michael Knigin has participated in over 30 solo shows and over 140 group exhibitions all over the world, and his work is in over 30 corporate collections.  He has been reviewed over 60 times in some of the most prestigious magazines and newspapers.  He is the co-author of two standards in the field: The Contemporary Lithographic Workshop Around The World, and The Technique of Fine Art Lithography.   He has done posters or illustrations for over 50 organizations, including the United Nations.

He currently works combining his photographs, painting and computer graphics, producing series of works that are available in strictly limited editions in a variety of sizes up to 10 feet x 30 feet.

Permanent Museum Collections

The Whitney Museum, N.Y.
Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C
National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington,
Carnegie Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, Pa.
TNew York University Art Collection, N.Y.
New York State Council on the Arts, N.Y.
Worchester Art Museum, Worchester, MA.
Israel Art Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Minnesota Museum of Art, Minneapolis, Minn.
Taiwan Museum, Taiwan
McNay Museum, Texas
Cooper Hewitt Museum, N.Y.
Portland Museum, Portland, Oregon
Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico
Delaware Museum, Willmington, Del.
Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C.
North Miami Museum of Art, Miami, Fla.
NASA Art Collection, Washington, D.C. / Fla.
Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
Japan Society, N.Y.
United States Department of State, Washington,
Indiana Museum of Art, Indiannapolis, Indiana
Walker Collection, Minn., Minn.

Awards and Honors

Faculty Development Award, Pratt Institute
Special Merit-Graphic Arts Exhibition, N.Y
Certificate of Merit, National Society of Illustrators
Clio Award: Art Direction, Cinetudes Film , NY
John B. Turner Memorial Award, Society of American Graphic Artists
Fellowship to the American Film Institute
Ford Foundation Grant

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