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educator , painter , photographer , writer

Rita Sylvan, American painter, photographer, educator, writer. Recipient Purchase award, Columbia University, 1962, 1st award, Minneapolis Institute Art, 1949, award, National Association Women Artists, 1966, Boca Raton Professional Artists. Member of Modern Artists Guild Inc. (founder, trustee), Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa.


Sylvan, Rita was born in 1928 in Minneapolis.


Bachelor of Fine Arts magna cum laude, University Minnesota, 1948. Postgraduate, New York University, 1951. Postgraduate, New York University, 1953.

Postgraduate, Bennington College, 1984. Master of Arts in Fine Arts and Fine Arts Education, Columbia University, New York City, 1967.


Teaching assistant art history University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1948—1949, guest lecturer department humanities, 1948. Assistant to Edward Steichen exhibitions and book Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1951—1953. Assistant curator photography & assistant to John I. H. Baur exhibition and book Revolution and Tradition American Art Brooklyn Museum, 1951.

Teacher & art consultant Tenafly Adult Community Education, New Jersey, 1966—1977. Teacher art Tenafly Public Schools, 1966—1978. Founder & teacher Art Center Northern New Jersey, Englewood, 1957—1962, director faculty, 1961, teacher, 1957—1962, developer speakers bureau, 1957.


  • Other Work

    • One-man shows include Columbia University, 1963, Bergen Museum, Paramus, New Jersey, 1977, National Endowment for Arts, exhibited in group shows at New Jersey State Museum, 1970, Newark Museum, 1958-1960, Audubon Artists, New York City, 1962, 1967, 1984, Broward Art Guild, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1981-1989, Boca Raton Museum Art, Florida, 1984-1989, Norton Gallery Artists Guild, Palm Beach, Florida, 1987-1989, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Thomas Center Biennial, Gainesville-Tallahassee, 1986, Boca Raton Museum, Florida International University, Atlanta Arts Fest, 1988, Boca Raton Professional Artists Guild, 1987-1989, Vero Beach Art Center, Florida, 1988, South Florida Art Center, Miami Beach, 1990, Represented in permanent collections Rose Museum, Brandeis University.


Member of Modern Artists Guild Inc. (founder, trustee), Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa.


Children: Paul, Judy, Carolyn.

Paul Sylvan

Judy Sylvan

Carolyn Sylvan