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artist , educator , Museum director

Vincent Andrew Hartgen, museum director, educator, artist. Trustee Haystack Mountain School Crafts, Liberty, Maine, 1953-1955. Served with United States Army, 1942-1945. Member American Association of University Professors, Audubon Artists, American Watercolor Society, Phi Kappa Phi.

Background

Hartgen, Vincent Andrew was born on January 10, 1914 in Reading, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William J. and Jane (Hadfield) Hartgen.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1940;Master of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1941;Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Maine, 1987.

Career

He got master's degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he also used to study architecture. When World War II began he joined the U.S. Army Camouflage Corps. Teaching career After the war he worked as a teacher in the University of Maine where he showed his students the difficulties which Michelangelo had when he was painting the Sistine Chapel.

He also showed his art in summer on the yard of his Orono home. Collecting As a collector he collected 5,000 art pieces which were painted by such famous artists as Berenice Abbott, Jasper Johns, John Marin, Diego Rivera, Giovanni Piranesi, Kathe Kollwitz, and Andrew Wyeth. He has collections in such museums as the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the De Cordova Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Chase Gallery.

He served as museum director for 36 years at the University of Maine Museum of Art. He died on November 27, 2002.

Achievements

  • During his life he was awarded with such awards as the Black Bear Award, the Distinguished Professor Award and an even became an honorary doctor of fine arts at the University of Maine. He was also a founder of the Vincent A. Hartgen Award which was established in 1999.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Works in collections including, Boston Museum Fine Arts, Brooks Memorial Museum, Memphis, Howard University Collection, John and Norma Marin Collection, Museum Contemporary Arts, Houston, Wichita (Kansas) Art Museum, Butler Institute ARts, Youngstown, Ohio, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania, University Maine, Art Collection, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Smith, Colby colleges, Reading (Pennsylvania) Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, ITT Collection, Brandeis University, Elvejhem (Wisconsin) Museum, Kalamazoo Institute College, Walker Art Institute, Minneapolis, Sheldon Swope Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana, one-man exhibits include Binet Gallery, New York City, Maryland Institute, Howard University, Everhart Museum, Claflin University, College of Pacific, University Idaho, Bermuda Art Association, Chase Gallery New York, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, State Department Art in the Embassies, Fifty Drawings Center Place Gallery, Bangor, Maine Art Gallery, 1992, University Maine, 1994. Also more than 150 throughout museum and galleries in the United States.

Membership

Trustee Haystack Mountain School Crafts, Liberty, Maine, 1953-1955. Served with United States Army, 1942-1945. Member American Association of University Professors, Audubon Artists, American Watercolor Society, Phi Kappa Phi.

Connections

Married Frances Caroline Lubanda, July 6, 1940. Children: David Thomas, Stephen Anthony.

father:
William J. Hartgen

mother:
Jane (Hadfield) Hartgen

spouse:
Frances Caroline Lubanda

child:
David Thomas Hartgen

child:
Stephen Anthony Hartgen