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educator , art critic , Art museum director

Sanford Sivitz Shaman, art museum director, art critic, educator. Permanent teaching certified in art New York.


Shaman, Sanford Sivitz was born on July 11, 1946 in Pittsburgh. Son of Marvin Arthur and Florence Paula (Sivitz) Shaman.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, 1968. Postgraduate, State University of New York-Binghamton, 1971. Master of Fine Arts, Villa Schifanoia Graduate School Fine Arts, Florence, Italy, 1974.


Art teacher South Lewis Central School, Turin, New York, 1968-1969, East High School, Cleveland, 1969-1970. Curator Huntington Galleries, West Virginia, 1974-1975. Assistant curator Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, 1975-1977.

Art gallery director University Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, 1977-1980. Art museum director Washington State University, Pullman, 1980-1984. Director Palmer Museum Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, since 1984.

Guest lecturer West Virginia State College, 1975. Juror Washington State Arts Commission, 1981. Site evaluator National Endowment for Arts, 1982.

Organizer national and international touring exhibitions Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1980, 82, Art Museum Association, 1981. Reviewer Museum Assessment Program, 1985-1988. Reviewer general operating support grants Institute of Museum Services, 1987.

Member and vice chairman museum advisory board Pennsylvania Council Arts, 1986-1988. Workshop leader Mid-Atlantic Association Museums, 1986.


  • Permanent teaching certified in art New York.


  • Other Work

    • Editor, contributor to exhibitions catalogues, art, art education and museum journals, newspapers. Contributor: American Potters, 1981.


Trustee Eastern Washington History Society, 1982-1984. Donor Pres's Associates of Washington State University, United Jewish Appeal. Faculty advisor Jewish Student Organization, Washington State University, 1982-1984.

Board directors, religious chairman Jewish Community Center of State College, Pennsylvania, 1986-1987. Member American Association Museum (delegate, panels chairman annual meeting 1979, 81, 82, 87, 88), Washington Arts Alliance (trustee 1980-1981), Association College and University Museums and Galleries (founder, president 1982-1984, organizer annual meeting 1983, 84, 87, 88), Phi Sigma Delta.


Married Susan Diane Mosesohn, March 7, 1971 (divorced August 1977).

Marvin Arthur Shaman

Florence Paula (Sivitz) Shaman

Susan Diane Mosesohn