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 Martin Mondrus  (1925 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape-street scene, figure, mural

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"View of Mt, Washington" (Los Angeles looking north to Pasadena, CA), oil on canvas, 46" x 32"
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Hope Smith who writes: "I am submitting to you a bio of Artist Martin Mondrus. Martin is a very close friend of mine and has given me the bio to send to you. He was also my first figure teacher and I have many of his paintings and drawing in my home.

Martin Mondrus: Professor of Art Emeritus, Glendale Community College
Studio and Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Born in Los Angeles, California, 1925

Study at Atelier 17, Paris, 1965
M.F.A. Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA, 1955
B.A., California State University, Los Angeles, CA, 1953
Part-time study at Art Center School, currently called Art Center College of Design;
Los Angeles, 1936-1943

Senior Eye Gallery, Long Beach, CA, 1995
Pasadena Arts Council, Pasadena, CA, 1993
Retrospective, Martin Mondrus, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA 1991
'Images of Man and Nature' Senior Eye Gallery, Long Beach, CA 1990
Retrospective Exhibition, Glendale College, Glendale, CA 1990
Featured artist in exhibition, "Views of Los Angeles in the 1930's and 1940's",
Downey Museum of Art, 1989
"The Knight's Path", mural in stairwell of auditorium building, Glendale community College, 1989
"The Making of a Mural", Glendale Community College, 1989
Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA, 1988
Burbank Creative Arts Center, Burbank, CA, 1986
San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA, 1985
Westwood Center of the Arts, Westwood, CA, 1982
Riverside Arts Center and Museum, Riverside, 1978
Brand Library Art Center, Glendale, 1974
Glendale College Art Gallery, 1971
Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, 1956
Pasadena Art Institute, Pasadena, 1952
Raymond and Raymond Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, 1946
Westside Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1943

Represented in Group Exhibitions:
Cocoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco
Westside Jewish Community Center, Los Angeles
Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna
Pacificulture Asia Museum, Pasadena
Brand Library of Art, Glendale
Group show, Rachele Lozzi Gallery, Los Angeles
Represented in traveling print shows in Japan, Korea, Germany, and Israel, 1973-1983

Honors and Awards
Prizes, honors and scholarships, including:
1943 First Prize: International Seaman's Art Exhibit Philadelphia Museum
1952 Purchase Prize: Gardena High School Annual Exhibition
1952 Bissiri Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate study Pasadena, California
19521955 Cooper Foundation Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate Study
California University, Los Angeles and Claremont Graduation School.
1961 First Prize: Pasadena Society of Artists, Pasadena, California
1969 First Prize, First Federal of Hollywood's Holiday Art Exhibition
1972 James Ackley McBride Award: Pasadena Society of Artists' 47th Annual Exhibit
1973 Included in Leonard Edmondson's book Etching.
1977 Award of Merit, Festival of the Arts Second Annual Exhibition
1978 Represented in Korean publication, Chosun Art Gallery book of contemporary
1982 Second Prize: Westwood Center of the Arts Open Water media Exhibition, Los
Angeles, California
1983 First Prize, Painting, 55th Annual Pasadena Society of Artists' Exhibition, Brand
Library Art Gallery
1985 Second Prize, Painting, 57th Annual Pasadena Society of Artists'
1986 Norma Chuan Award for drawing at the 58th Annual Pasadena Society of Artists'
Exhibition, San Bernardino County Museum
1989 Service to the Arts Sward, Glendale Regional Arts Council
1989 Certificate of Recognition for Furtherance of the Arts from the California
Legislature Assembly
1989 Represented with two drawings in Joe Muganaini book, Expressive Drawing
1991 Norma Chuan award for drawing, 62nd Annual Pasadena Society of Artists'
exhibition at the Downey Museum of Art
1993 Award for printmaking, PSA Annual 46th Exhibition, Pasadena, CA
---- Included in "California Exhibition, 1994 and 1996, Downey Museum of Art,
Downey, CA
---- Honorable Mention, "Urban Landscape" Exhibition, Long Beach Art, 1995,
Long Beach, CA
---- Featured artists in VISIONS Art Quarterly, summer 1995
---- Awarded a Solo Exhibition as a prize in Century Gallery's "96" Exhibition
Solo Exhibition scheduled for January 1997
2002 James Ackley McBride Award for Landscape. Pasadena Society of Artists
Diamond Jubilee Exhibition
2002 Award of Merit and acceptance of the painting, Around the Bend, by California
Works exhibit committee of judges for display at California State Fair,
Sacramento Work represented in many public and private collections

Member of
Los Angeles Printmaking Society
Pasadena Society of Artists
Burbank Art Association
Long Beach Arts

Work represented in many private and public collections, including the Downey Art Museum and the Skirball Museum.

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