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Lorraine Balmuth Widman, American educator, artist. Certified art teacher, lang arts teacher, Oregon.


Widman, Lorraine Balmuth was born on January 11, 1933 in Brooklyn. Daughter of Martin Hirsh and Betty (Levin) Balmuth.


Student, Hunter College, 1951. Student, Cooper Union, 1952. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Academy Art, 1954.

Master of Fine Arts, University Oregon, 1956.


Head art department, Roseburg (Oregon) School District, 1957-1960;founder sculpture and jewelry department, developer television sculpture course, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon, 1968-1975;drawing instructor, Portland (Oregon) State University, 1975;art instructor, Mount Hood Community College, Portland, 1976;teacher art, English, social studies, Portland School District, since 1979. Scorer National Board Certified in Art, San Francisco, 1996. Presenter workshops in field.

Chairman art committee, exhibition coordinator Jewish Cmty. Center, Portland, 1964-1974.


  • Certified art teacher, lang arts teacher, Oregon.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: (text) Sculpture: A Studio Guide to Concepts, Methods, and Materials, 1988, also art exhibit reviews, manual on sculpture. Author, producer, anchorperson television sculpture course, 1969-1973. Commemorative menorahs commissioned by Robison Home, Portland, 1992.

      Designer, coordinator major architectural cast stone reliefs, campus Clackamas Community College.


Board directors, membership chair graphic designer Young Audiences, Portland, 1972-1976. Board directors, membership chair, vice president Jewish Education Association, Portland, 1972-1976. Delegate, precinct worker, district leader Democratic Party, Portland, 1990-1997.

Member National Education Association, National Art Association, World Affairs Council, Oregon Art Association, Oregon Education Association, Portland Art Association, Portland Teacher's Education Association (bargaining representative 1979-1997, conference delegate 1995-1997), Portland City Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: choral singing, opera, theater, antique and artifacts collecting, photography.


Married Harry Frederick Widman, March 17, 1956 (divorced 1987). Children: Matthew David, Michael Hirsh, Gabrielle Juliet.

Martin Hirsh Balmuth

Betty (Levin) Balmuth

Harry Frederick Widman

Matthew David Widman

Michael Hirsh Widman

Gabrielle Juliet Widman