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Richard Theodore Titlebaum, American artist, author. Virginia Center for Creative Arts grantee, 1980, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation grantee, 1977; recipient 49 awards for painting. Member Michigan Guild Artists and Artisans.


Titlebaum, Richard Theodore was born on January 26, 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Max William and Katherine (Kurland) Titlebaum.


Bachelor magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1962. Master of Arts in English, Harvard University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy in English, Harvard University, 1969.


From Harvard. In 1969, he received a doctorate in English literature from Harvard University. He taught literature at Harvard, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Haifa and the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1976, he decided to devote himself full-time to painting.

Some of Titlebaum's works were done in Surrealistic styles, often with Old Testament religious motifs. He was especially interested in Middle Eastern history and the Jewish Revolts. Many of his large paintings, done in the Physique style, were donated to the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation on his death and may be viewed on their website.

At the end of his life, most of his work was religious in subject matter. His paintings are in the Fogg Art Museum, the Permanent Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation in New York City, Liberty University, and the Miami City Hall. Titlebaum died October 9, 2006 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

His Harvard thesis, completed in 1969 but published only in 1987, is entitled: Three Victorian Views of the Italian Renaissance: John Ruskin, Walter Pater and John Addington Symonds.


  • He participated in over 300 art events in 27 states and won 48 awards.


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  • Other Work

    • One-man shows include Alon Gallery, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1986, Winfisky Galler, Massachusetts St. College, Salem, 1987, Community Center for Arts, Michigan City, Indiana, 1987, Tennyson Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1987, The Michigan Guild, Ann Arbor, 1991, University Michigan Medical Center, 1997. Group shows include The Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, 1981, 82, Louisiana Watercolor Society, New Orleans, 1983, Harvard University of Science Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1985, Provincetown Arts Association and Museum, 1987, 88, Detroit Artists Market, 1993-1995, Collector's Corner, The Toledo Museum Art, 1996, 97, The Artful Exchange Gallery, Ann Arbor, 1991-1997. Represented in permanent collections The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

      , Atlanta, The Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Miami City Hall, Art in Public Pls., Dade County, Florida, Arvida Corporation, Miami, Artine Artinian Collection, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida, The Abraham Bornstein Collection, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, The Robert Todd Collection, Niles, Michigan, participant 40 museum and gallery exhibitions, 278 juried art events. Author 3 Victorian View of the Italian Renaissance, 1986.

      Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Member Michigan Guild Artists and Artisans.


Max William Titlebaum

Katherine (Kurland) Titlebaum