Born Iowa, 1917
Born in Centerville, Iowa, Manuel Bromberg was a portrait painter, muralist, and teacher. He graduated from the Cleveland School of Art, and he studied under Boardman Robinson and Henry Varnum Poor at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center from 1932-1940.
Bromberg assisted Boardman Robinson on a Department of Justice mural in 1937. He also painted murals for post offices in Greybull, Wyoming, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and Geneva, Illinois. In 1943, he was a participant in the Works Progress Administration, and he was a War Department artist. In 1944, he received citation for the Legion of Merit.
In 1949, Bromberg was the Chairman of the Art Department at Salem College in North Carolina, and a professor at the North Carolina State University College of Design. Bromberg is also a Professor emeritus at the State University of New York, New Paltz. In 1945, he was awarded the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for creative painting.
Exhibited: O.K. Harris Gallery, NY; Kraushaar Gallery, NY; Denver Art Museum; World’s Fair, NY exhibition, 1939; War Art 38 States Traveling Show; Grand Palais de Champs Elysees, Paris; Whitney Museum of Art, 1940; Art Institute of Chicago, 1940.
Works held: USPOs; Greybull, Wyoming; Tahlequah, Oklahoma; Smithsonian Collection; Princeton Art Museum; Hankone Art Museum, Tokyo.
Further Reading: Pikes Peak Vision: The Broadmoor Art Academy, 1919-1945. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: Colorado Springs, 1989.; Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Vol. I. Peter Hastings Falk, Georgia Kuchen and Veronica Roessler, eds.,Sound View Press, Madison, Connecticut, 1999. 3 Vols.
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