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Juniata Museum of Art Hosts Visit by Former WPA Artist

(Posted September 15, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Ben Abramowitz, a printmaker who worked for the Works Progress Administration's Federal Arts Project during the 1930s and 1940s, will attend the 5 p.m. Sept. 18 opening reception at the Juniata College Museum of Art for the new exhibit "WPA Graphic Works from the Amity Foundation Collection," which runs from Thursday, Sept. 18, through Nov. 1.

Abramowitz, who used the name Ben Hoffman as a WPA artist, is represented in the exhibit by his print "Children at Play." The original drawing Abramowitz created as the inspiration for the print also will be on display. Abramowitz is the only surviving artist among those represented in the show.

Abramowitz, who lives in Washington, D.C., received his art training from the Brooklyn Museum School, graduating in 1933. He also graduated from the National Academy of Design in New York City.

Abramowitz has had a long career as an artist and his work is in the permanent collections of such museums as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Amity Art Foundation, The Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Howard University Collection of Graphic Art.

He still exhibits work at galleries in Washington, D.C., including Hemphill Fine Arts, Gallery K and Middendorf/Lane Downtown Gallery. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.