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Cecile Nelken Mc Cann

Cecile Nelken Mc Cann, American writer, artist. Recipient Vesta award, Woman's Building, 1988, Media award, Bay Area Visual Arts Coalition, 1989. Trustee emerita Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation; member Public Art Advisory Committee, Oakland; Member of International Association Art Critics, Art Table (Honor award 1988, Achievement award 1992).

Background

  • Cann, Cecile Nelken Mc was born on July 13, 1917 in New Orleans. Daughter of Abraham and Leona Nelken.

  • Education

    • Student, Vassar College. Student, Tulane University. Bachelor, San Jose State College, 1963.

      Master of Arts, San Jose State College, 1964. Postgrad., University California-Berkeley, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), San Francisco Art Institute, 1989.

    Career

    • Tool designer Convair Corporation, New Orleans, 1942-1945. Architectural draftsman, various companies New Orleans and Clinton, Iowa, 1945-1947, 51-53. Owner, operator ceramics studio Clinton, 1953-1958.

      Instructor San Jose State College, 1964-1965, California State University, Hayward, 1964-1965, Chabot College, Hayward, 1966-1969, Laney College, 1967-1970, San Francisco State University, 1977-1978. Founder, editor, public Artweek magazine, Oakland, California, 1970-1989. Freelance writer, art advisor Kensington, 1989—2009.

      Consultant National Endowment Arts, 1974—1978, fellow in art criticism, 1976. Panelist numerous conferences and workshops.

    Works

    • One-woman shows include Davenport Museum Art, Robert North Galleries, Chicago, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, exhibited in group shows at DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, Everson Museum Art, Syracuse, New York, Oakland Museum, Pasadena Museum, Los Angeles County Museum Art, Represented in permanent collections San Jose State College, Mills College, College Holy Names, City of San Francisco, State of California.

    Membership

    Trustee emerita Rene and Veronica di Rosa Foundation. Member Public Art Advisory Committee, Oakland. Member of International Association Art Critics, Art Table (Honor award 1988, Achievement award 1992).

    Connections

    • Children: Dorothy Collins, Cecile Isaacs, Annette Arnold, Denise Bachman, Albert Hews III.
    • father: Abraham Nelken
    • mother: Leona Nelken
    • children: Dorothy Collins Cann
    • Cecile Isaacs Cann
    • Annette Arnold Cann
    • Denise Bachman Cann
    • Albert Hews III Cann
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    Born July 13, 1917
    Died July 2, 2009
    (aged 91)
    Nationality
    • 1963
      San Jose State College
    • 1964
      San Jose State College
    • 1967
      University California-Berkeley
    • 1989
      San Francisco Art Institute
    • 1942 - 1945
      Tool designer, Convair Corporation
      New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
    • 1945 - 1947
      architect, ural draftsman
      Iowa, United States
    • 1953 - 1958
      owner
    • 1964 - 1965
      instructor, San Jose State College
      Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1964 - 1965
      instructor, San Jose State College
    • 1966 - 1969
      instructor, San Jose State College
      Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1967 - 1970
      instructor, San Jose State College
    • 1970 - 1989
      founder
      Oakland, Tennessee, United States
    • 1977 - 1978
      instructor, San Jose State College
    • 1989 - 2009
      freelance writer, Kensington
    • 1989 - 2009
      art advisor, Kensington
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