American, 1934 -
Sigmund Abeles, Artist, New York
Abeles was born in 1934 in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1955 with a B.A. in Fine Arts. After graduation, he studied at the Art Students League of New York in NYC, the Skowhegan School in Maine, and he received an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1957. Coastal Carolina University presented Abeles with an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts. He has taught at Wellesley College, Swain School of Design in Massachusetts, Boston University, the University of New Hampshire and the Art Students League of New York. His studio is located in NYC where he has lived since 1994. Abeles has been a member of the National Academy since 1990. Some of his awards include National Institute of Fine Arts and Letters Award, National Council of Arts and Humanities Sabbatical Grant, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant for Graphics. His work can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art.