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 Roy Moyer  (1921 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape, still life, figure

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Roy Moyer, an artist and art administrator, did landscapes, still life and genre scenes, and his paintings are in various public collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Rose Art Museum. 

He was born in 1921 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, graduated from Columbia University, and then served during World War II in North Africa and Italy with the US Army.  After the war, he enrolled in Columbia University, earning a Master's Degree in English Literature and taking additional courses in art history.

In addition to his own creativity, he had a strong commitment to art project organization.  He served as President of the American Society of Contemporary Artists from 1985 to 1987, and from 1963, he was Director of the American Federation of Arts, which organizes exhibitions for travel across America.  Among the AFA exhibitions he helped create are "Art and the Found Object" featuring Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg and Joseph Cornell.  Circulating in 1960, it was a major breakthrough for exposing the public to found-object artwork.  Moyer also oversaw a 1963 recreation of the 1913 New York Armory Show, which brought widespread American attention to modernist art.

Moyer died at the age of 85 on April 6, 2007 at his home in Manhattan.

Sources:
Stuart Lavietes, "Roy Moyer, 85, a Painter and Curator", Obituaries, The New York Times, April 18, 2007, A25
American Society of Contemporary Artists

Biography from Anderson Galleries:

Roy Moyer was born on August 20, 1921 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  He studied at Columbia University (BA, MA); University. of Oslo; self-taught in art.  He traveled extensively to Europe and taught there for 4 years.  He taught at the University of Salonica, Greece from  1948 -51, and at the University of Toronto, 1953 – 55. 

He has won many awards including: Audubon Artists, the Jane Peterson Award, 1969, 72, Youngstown/Butler, First prize for Painting, 1973, NAD, and the Emil and Dines Carlson Award in 1977.

He also has had solo shows in places such as Greece, NYC, and Rockford, as well as group shows in Illinois, Washington, Alaska, Georgia, Mass. and others.

Source:

A Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists, Paul Cummings


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