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Sanford Sivitz Shaman

Sanford Sivitz Shaman, art museum director, art critic, educator. Permanent teaching certified in art New York.


  • Shaman, Sanford Sivitz was born on July 11, 1946 in Pittsburgh. Son of Marvin Arthur and Florence Paula (Sivitz) Shaman.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, 1968. Postgraduate, State University of New York-Binghamton, 1971. Master of Fine Arts, Villa Schifanoia Graduate School Fine Arts, Florence, Italy, 1974.


    • Art teacher South Lewis Central School, Turin, New York, 1968-1969, East High School, Cleveland, 1969-1970. Curator Huntington Galleries, West Virginia, 1974-1975. Assistant curator Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, 1975-1977.

      Art gallery director University Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, 1977-1980. Art museum director Washington State University, Pullman, 1980-1984. Director Palmer Museum Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, since 1984.

      Guest lecturer West Virginia State College, 1975. Juror Washington State Arts Commission, 1981. Site evaluator National Endowment for Arts, 1982.

      Organizer national and international touring exhibitions Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1980, 82, Art Museum Association, 1981. Reviewer Museum Assessment Program, 1985-1988. Reviewer general operating support grants Institute of Museum Services, 1987.

      Member and vice chairman museum advisory board Pennsylvania Council Arts, 1986-1988. Workshop leader Mid-Atlantic Association Museums, 1986.

    Major achievements

    • Permanent teaching certified in art New York.


    • Editor, contributor to exhibitions catalogues, art, art education and museum journals, newspapers. Contributor: American Potters, 1981.


    Trustee Eastern Washington History Society, 1982-1984. Donor Pres's Associates of Washington State University, United Jewish Appeal. Faculty advisor Jewish Student Organization, Washington State University, 1982-1984.

    Board directors, religious chairman Jewish Community Center of State College, Pennsylvania, 1986-1987. Member American Association Museum (delegate, panels chairman annual meeting 1979, 81, 82, 87, 88), Washington Arts Alliance (trustee 1980-1981), Association College and University Museums and Galleries (founder, president 1982-1984, organizer annual meeting 1983, 84, 87, 88), Phi Sigma Delta.


    • Married Susan Diane Mosesohn, March 7, 1971 (divorced August 1977).
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    Born July 11, 1946
    (age 71)
    • 1968
      Ohio University
    • 1971
      State University of New York-Binghamton
    • 1974
      Villa Schifanoia Graduate School Fine Arts
    • 1968 - 1969
      Art teacher, South Lewis Central School
      Turin, Piemonte, Italy
    • 1969 - 1970
      Art teacher, South Lewis Central School
      Cleveland, Ohio, United States
    • 1974 - 1975
      curator Huntington Galleries
      West Virginia, United States
    • 1975 - 1977
      assistant, curator Memorial Art Gallery
      Rochester, New York, United States
    • 1977 - 1980
      art gallery director, University Northern Iowa
      Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
    • 1980 - 1984
      art museum director, Washington State University
      Pullman, Washington, United States
    • 1984
      director, Palmer Museum Art
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