Burton Silverman

Mr. Silverman has had a 60 year career as a painter with 33 solo shows in New York, Boston, Philadelphia Washington, D.C. and San francisco. He has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Academy Annuals, the Mexico City Museum of Art, the Royal Academy of Art in London, His work has also been honored with gold medals from  Portrait Society of America and the American Watercolor Society and with 32 other medals and awards in national exhibitions  The National Academy Museum alone has  awarded him 9 medals and prizes from their annual exhibits including 2 Ranger Purchase Awards in 1983 and 1965. and in 2008 the Newington Cropsey Cultural Foundation made him annual honoree of their Excellence in the Arts Award. The University Academy of Art in San Francisco awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2002

His paintings are represented in 27 museum collections including the Arkansas Arts Center the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery and in numerous private collections both in the U.S. and Europe 

 He has authored four monographs including the latest highly acclaimed Intimate Eye; the drawings of Burton Silverman, His first book Painting People, published in 1977 is a classic still sought after online and Sight and Insight, a catalog monograph from his retrospective at the Butler Institute of American Art is long out of print. He has had four major retrospective exhibits, starting with the Butler Institute in 1999 and the latest at the Hofstra University Museum in New York in 2011 

In 1956 he, along with lifelong colleague and friend Harvey Dinnerstein, went to Montgomery , Alabama to make drawings of the then barely noticed Montgomery Bus Boycott which launched the career of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement in America. It was celebrated 50 years later by the Delaware Art Museum in the exhibition "Glorious Dignity:" 45 Drawings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman and and was followed by a 50th Anniversary Exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Art in 2006

 He has lectured widely in museums and university graduate art programs on Realism in America, and has authored articles in book reviews and art magazines  A forthcoming 6 page interview in the Fine Arts Connoisseur magazine is due in November