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Herman Rose


Herman Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 6, 1909. In 1926 he began training at the National Academy of Design in New York. During the Depression, he was employed in the Mural and Easel divisions of the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) program in New York, serving as assistant to Arshile Gorky. In the late 1930’s Mr. Rose’s distinct style caught the attention of Dorothy C. Miller, who included him in her Fifteen Americans Show at The Museum of Modern Art in 1952 alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still and Edwin Dickinson among others. Mr. Rose’s work has been exhibited regularly since the 1940’s in museums including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Pennsylvania Academy of fine Arts, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and in many galleries. In 1949 Mr. Rose began his long teaching career, first at Brooklyn College and later at Hofstra University, the University of New Mexico, Queens College, NY and the New School for Social Research in New York. In 1966, he was an Artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia. Among the many professional honors he received was election to the National Academy of Design in New York in 1975, the Lee Krasner Award: Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship, Mark Rothko Grant, Childe Hassam Purchase Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NY among many others. Herman Rose, painter, printmaker and teacher, died on December 4, 2007 at his home in New York. He was 98.