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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New Mexico      Known for: marine genre, landscape and figure painting, teaching

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    •    Born; 1912, Brockton, MA; died; 2006 Harwich, MA

    •    Studied: Massachusetts School of Art, BS, 1934; New York University, MA; Parsons School of Design; Taos Valley Art School, 1948, with Louis Ribak; Kansas City Art Institute

    •    Awarded: Artist Emeritus, Silvermine Guild of Artists, Norwalk, CT; William Meyerowitz Memorial Award, Rockport Art Association, 1984, Emily Lowe Award, 1956, Silliman Prize,, Silvermine Guild of Artists, 1955; St Louis YMHA-YWHA Purchase Award, 1943

    •    Selected One-Person Shows: Cape ann Historical Museum, Gloucester, MA, 2005; Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, MA, 2003; Silvermine Guild of Artists, Norwalk, CT, 1949, "53, '57, & '77; Hern Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, 1974; Brockton Art Center, Brockton, MA, 1971, Berresford Gallery, Menemsha, MA, 1969; Galerie Internationale, New York, NY, 1967; Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT, 1947, '59, '62, & '66; Stamford Art Association, 1961; Rockport Art Association, Rockport Ma, n.d.; Eleanor Smith Gallery, ST. Louis, Mo, 1944

    •    Public Collections: North Shore Art Association Museum Collection, Gloucester, MA; Cape Ann Historical Association, Gloucester, MA; Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, MA; Harwood Museum, Taos, NM; Capitol Art Foundation, Santa Fe NM; Stamford Art Museum, STamford, CT; Silvermine Guild of Artists, Norwalk, CT; Brooks Free Library, Harwich, MA; St. Louis YMMHA-YWHA, St. Louis, MO; Easter SealsRehabilitation Center, Stamford, CT; Temple Beth El, Stamford; The Nature Conservancy, Bear Mountain Lodge, Silver City, NM; Cape Cod Health Care, Hyannis, MA; Fontaine Medical Clinic, Harwich, MA University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Collection, Albuquerque, NM; Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, Hyannis, MA

    •    Authored: Brush and Palette, Reinhold Art Books, 1965; "School Arts" Articles, 1938 & 1939

    •    Positions: Director of Art, Stamford, CT, Public Schools; Art Department Head, Stamford High School; Director, Stamford Art Association

    •    Listed: Who Was Who In American Art, Who's Who In American Literature, Men of Achievement 1973, Melrose Press LTD

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Biography from Bradford Trust Fine Arts:

Mayo Sorgman grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, just south of Boston. He studied at the Massachusetts College of Art where he got his BS degree and received a Masters of Arts from New York University.  He also studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York, The Taos Valley Art School in New Mexico and at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Sorgman spent his career as an art educator, taking a job with the Stamford Connecticut school system, becoming head of the art department at Stamford High School.  He also became chairman of Cultural Commission of the Cape Ann Society of Modern Art and director of the Connecticut Art Association.

Starting in the 1950's, he spent his summers in Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts, recording fishermen and the scenes of the area. He was influenced by fellow artists of the area John Marin and Marsden Hartley, who both summered in Gloucester and with Marin when they both lived in Taos, New Mexico.

He was a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Connecticut Watercolor Society, Rockport Art Association, Eastern Art Association, National Education Association and Connecticut Teachers Association.

He exhibited widely from as early as 1944 in the City Art Museum of St. Louis and over the years in such notable locations as the Rockport Art Association, Wadsworth Athenaeum (Hartford, CT.), Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.), New Britain (CT) Art Museum and solo exhibits in both St. Louis and Stamford Museums.

Mr. Sorgman produced abstract works with a strong palette that receive descriptions ranging from moody, to lovely, to singular and even poetic. 

His works are widely collected both publicly and privately.

Sources include: 
Who Was Who in American Art
State of the Art Gallery website, Gloucester, Massachusetts

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