28 August 2014, 6 pm, Closing Reception and Lecture, “Why I am what I am . . . When, Why and How,” 121 Hanes Art Center
Marvin Saltzman was born in 1931 in Chicago, Illinois but from six months of age he was a resident of Long Beach, California. He came from a family of painters. His first exhibited work was in the fourth grade, a seascape painted on the back of a wallpaper roll. In school, he was shy and insecure, using art as a social escape. After graduation, he drifted. Marvin attended San Diego State College, Long Beach City College and Pasadena City College, served in the US Army in Korea (becoming a disabled war veteran), afterward attended the School of the Art Institute, and finally in 1959 received a BFA and MFA from the University of Southern California. Even before graduating, his work was accepted in every important national juried print and drawing show and twice at the LACMA Los Angeles and Vicinity juried exhibition.
Before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Chair of Studio Art in 1967, Marvin had been a curator, a US Treasury Officer and on the faculty of Eastern Oregon College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of Southern California. At Carolina he established a print program, the Kachergis and Sharpe Scholarships and the Friedman/Saltzman Fund. As chair, he was responsible for the Art Lab Building, the University Creative Leave program and, with Joseph Sloane, the Hanes Art Center. Marvin was instrumental in helping the Art Department’s faculty move towards racial and gender diversity. As a teacher he never gave assignments, rather treating each student as an individual and by never touching their brush, charcoal, paper or canvas, only with his eye helping each to develop in whatever direction they sought. In 1998 Marvin was a recipient of the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts “for his strong, passionate, abstract paintings and the equally strong feelings he inspires in students. For almost forty years he has consistently challenged young artists . . . .” A few of his students currently working and well-known in the visual arts are Thomas Sayre, Donald Sultan, Ann Conner, Charles Hamilton, Greg Caliby, Jacob Cooley, Sarah Walker, W.C.Richardson, Michael Brown, Ray Kass, Jane Filer, Peter Krogh, Cassio Lymn, John Branch and Alexandros Washburn.
Since 1968 Marvin has drawn site-specific works from nature and painted in series about nature, producing work with titles such as Eastern Oregon, The Los Angeles Basin, The Oxford Canal, Homage to Gaudi, The Gorge du Verdon, and The French Alps. Today, he still travels, drawing work that in the future may become a painting series. At the age of 83 he paints daily. Marvin has always given credit to his late wife Jacquelyn and his children Paul and Leslie who gave a large part of their lives to allow him to be a teacher and a painter.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm
Artist website: www.marvinsaltzman.com
Online gallery of works in the exhibition can be found here. Photo credit. Mark Donley, ENOGallery, Hillsborough NC
More Info: http://art.unc.edu/event/marvin-saltzman-works-from-1948/