|William Schwartz |
William Samuel Schwartz was born in Smorgen, Russia on February 23, 1896. He studied at the Vilna Art School in Russia from 1908 to 1912. At the age or sixteen he immigrated to America and three years later entered the Art Institute of Chicago where he was awarded a scholarship. To help support himself, he worked 16 hours a day waiting on tables, ushering in theatres, singing in concerts and operas. In 1912, the year after graduation from the School at the Chicago Art Institute (with honors in life study, portraiture and general excellence in painting), he made his American debut at the annual show of Artists of Chicago and Vicinity. Since that time his work has been seen in national and international exhibitions held in this country and abroad. Schwartz worked in oils, watercolor, lithography, and as a sculptor. He died in Chicago February 10, 1977.
Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum or Art; Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum; Pennsylvania Academy; Art Institute of Chicago; Joslyn Museum; Oklahoma Museum; Dallas Public Museum; State Museum of Illinois; Associated Artists Gallery.
Works Held: the Art Institute of Chicago; the San Francisco Museum; the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Santa Barbara Museum or Art; Denver Art Museum; Art Alliance of Philadelphia; Encyclopedia Britannica, American Peoples Encyclopedia: Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Library of Congress and Department of Labor, Washington. D. C.; Henry Gallery; Des Moines Art Center; Montclair Art Museum; Elgin Academy; Detroit Institute of Arts; Musee Julf, Paris, France; En Herod Museum; Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, Bir-Bidjan Museum, Russia as well as the collections of Universities of Illinois, Chicago, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Minne-sota, Monticello College, Bradley, Chicago Public Schools, Oshkosh Public Museum, Union League Club of Chicago and others.
He has done murals at the Chicago World's Fair of 1933; Cook County Nurses Home, Chicago; and in Post Offices at Fairfield, Eldorado, and Pittsfield, Illinois.
Awards: Detroit Institute of Arts; Art Institute or Chicago (on five different occasions from 1927-1945); the Scarab Club of Detroit; Honorable Mention; Monticello College, Godfrey, Illinois; First Prize; Albert Kahn Prize, Temple Beth El, Detroit, First Prize; Covenant Club, Chicago, Prizes, 1936-1941; First National Lithography Exhibition, Oklahoma Art Center, Honorable Mention; 4th National Lithography Exhibition, Oklahoma Art Center, First Prize; Corpus Christi Art Foundation, Corpus Christi, Texas, Honorable Mention; Union League Club of Chicago, First Prize.