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artist , educator

Rita Argen Auerbach, American artist, educator. Named Art Educator of Year, Western New York branch New York State Art Teachers Association, 1993; arts grantee National League American Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association Women, Washington, 1988.


Auerbach, Rita Argen was born on March 28, 1933 in Buffalo. Daughter of Ralph Joseph and Helen Margarite (Catalano) Argen.


Associate of Arts, Albright Art School, Buffalo, 1954. Bachelor of Science in Art Education, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1954. Master of Science in Art Education, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1974.


Teacher art Clarence (New York ) Central Schools, 1974-1994. Member special studies program faculty Chautauqua (New York ) Institution, since 1994. Travel, workshop instructor tours to Costa Rica, France, Italy, and Spain Specialty Tours, since 1996.

Chairperson district art department Clarence Central Schools, 1991-1993.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Sketches and Reflections of a Journey to Soviet Union, 1987. Contributor monthly column to Living Prime Time, 1997, artwork to American Artist Magazine: Color, 2000, Watercolor Magazine, The Color Orange, 1999. One-woman shows include National Acat Art, Riga, Latvia, Patterson Art Gallery, Westfield, New York, State University of New York, Buffalo, Garret Club, Kenan Center, Lockport, New York, Art Dialogue, Buffalo, Spencer Hotel, Chautauqua, Chautauqua Art Association, 1990-1996, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, 1997, Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, 1999—2001, exhibited in group shows at Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Batavia (New York ) National Exhibition, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Lockport, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Society Artists, Minneapolis City of Lakes Exhibition (1st place, 1988), Adirondacks National Exhibition American Watercolors, 1984-1986, others, Represented in permanent collections organizations including City Hall, Buffalo, Law Offices Peter J. Sullivan, Marina del Ray, California, University Buffalo School Dentistry, Key Bank, Buffalo, J.M. Smucker Corporation, Orrville, Ohio, Standard Oil, Miami, Florida, Rich Products, Buffalo, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, New York, Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda Municipal Building, Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, Law Offices Goldberg Segalla, Buffalo, Howard Zemsky Incorporated, also private collections.


Board directors Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, 1991—1994. Member council Burchfield-Penney Art Center, since 1994. Member coxswain council East Hill Foundation, Akron, New York, 1992—1995.

Participant Herd About Buffalo Public Art Project, 2000. Member Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (signature, President's award national exhibit 1987), Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society (charter, vice president 1985-1986, 1st place award 1985, 86), Buffalo Society Artists (exhibiting, president 1988, 91).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, golf, snokeling, volunteering at art galleries.


Married Richard Carlton Auerbach, December 30, 1952. Children: Bradford, Carolyn, Glenn.

Ralph Joseph Argen

Helen Margarite (Catalano) Argen

Richard Carlton Auerbach

Bradford Auerbach

Carolyn Auerbach

Glenn Auerbach