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Leonard Everett Fisher

BIOGRAPHY

American, b. 1924

He began his art training at the Heckscher Foundation (NY), and later studied with Moses Soyer at the New Art School, Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League, and Olindo Ricci and Serge Chermayeff at Brooklyn College where he also minored in geology (1932-1942). During World War II, he served with the Operations Section, U.S Army's 30th Topographic Engineers, assigned to the staff of General George C. Marshall and later JICPOA (Joint Intelligence Command Pacific Ocean Area), and participated in the tactical topographic mapping of major Allied campaigns in the Mediterranean, European, and Pacific Theaters. These included 5th Army operations in Italy; 7th Army invasion of South France; 3rd Army operations in France; the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa; and the aborted invasion of Japan (1942-1946).
     
Following the war, he attended Yale University's School of Art where he earned BFA and MFA degrees (1949, 1950), taught design theory as a graduate fellow, and was awarded Yale's William Wirt Winchester Traveling Fellowship and John Ferguson Weir Prize. His art was first seen in Manhattan at the Jacques Seligmann Galleries (1946-1948) and later at the Edwin C. Hewitt Gallery under the auspices of Lincoln Kirstein (1950-1952). Between 1954-2007 he illustrated some 260 books for young readers (published in a dozen plus languages world-wide), authoring 90 of these; designed ten United States postage stamps; executed paintings for the Norwalk (CT) Transit District Building lobby, and numerous easel works. His illustrations pioneered the first eight Reading Laboratories for Science Research Associates (Chicago, IL). In 1959 he revived the soft engraving (i.e.scratchboard) technique for children's books and went on to produce some 6,000 such pieces over the next 25 years not only for books but for postage stamps, posters, and  magazines.
     
He is a recipient of a Pulitzer painting award (1950), the Premio Grafico Fiera Internazionale di Bologna (1968), the University of Southern Missisippi Medallion (1979), a National Jewish Book Award (1980), the Christopher Medal for Illustration (1981), the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal (1991), the University of Minnesota's Kerlan Award (1991), the American Library Association's Arbuthnot citation (1994), and the New England Booksellers Association Children's Literature Award (2002), among other honors.          
     
He was a delegate to the 1979 White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services during the Carter Administration; is Dean Emeritus of the Paier College of Art (CT) and a member of its program advisory committee. In addition, he is a member of the Lowe Illustration Committee of the New Britain Museum of American Art, and served on the advisory board of the Master of Fine Arts program of Western Connecticut State University. A longtime resident of Westport, CT, he is a founding member of the Westport-Weston Arts Council (now the Westport Arts Center), past president of the Westport Library Board of Trustees, and recipient of Westport's Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts. Also, he is an Honorary Lifetime Member of both the Silvermine Guild of Artists and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club.

EDUCATION:
Heckscher Foundation, New York, NY
New Art School- Studied under Moses Soyer, New York, NY
The Art Students League- Studied under Reginald Marsh, New York, NY
Brooklyn College (also minored in geology)- Studied under Olindo Ricci and Serge Chermayeff, Brooklyn, NY
BFA MFA Yale University, New Haven, CT

EXHIBITIONS:
Nov 1-Dec 2, 2016, Cavalier Galleries 30th Anniversary, New York, NY
Jan 22-Feb 29, 2016, American Paintings: 150 Years of Exceptional Representational Works, Greenwich, CT
Oct 15-Dec 15, 2015,  American Realism: Past to Present, New York, NY
Nov 19-Dec 1, 2014, Special Exhibition – Just off Madison, New York, NY
Nov 26-Dec 25, 2013, Small Works Online Exhibition and Sale, Online
Oct 4-Nov 1, 2012,  Leonard Everett Fisher: The Classic Baseball Allstars, New York, NY
Sep 2009-Jun 2010, The Museum of Hebrew Union College - exhibition of eleven artists who illustrated books by the late Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York, NY
Dec, 2009-10, The Skirball Cultural Center & Eric Carle Museum – The Magic of Light,  Amherst, MA & Los Angeles, CA
Jul-Aug, 2009, Westport Arts Center, annual members group exhibition,  Westport, CT
2008, Cavalier Galleries Exhibition, Greenwich, CT
2006-07, Chicago Art Institute's Exhibition: The Silk Road, Chicago, Illinois
2006-07, Smithsonian National Postal Museum's exhibition: Trailblazers and Trendsetters: the Art of the Stamp, Washington, DC
2004, Brandywine River Museum: Revere's Ride and Longfellow's Legend,  Delaware, PA
2002, Brandywine River Museum: Milk and Eggs: The American Revival of Egg Tempera Painting, 1930-1950 , Delaware, PA
The International Biographical Centre: Y2K compendium- 2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century: Cambridge, UK,
1999, Retrospective: New York Public Library, New York, NY
1991, Retrospective: Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
1973, Retrospective: New Britain Museum, New Britain, CT

COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS:
Norwalk Transit District Building lobby, Norwalk, CT
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Postal History,  Washington, D.C.
Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, OH
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Mt. Holyoke, South Hadley, MA
Union College, Schenectady, NY
Universities of Connecticut, Connecticut
Brown University, Providence, RI
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Oklahoma University, Norman, OK
Appalachia State, Boone, NC
Southern Mississippi University, Hattiesburg, MI
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Westport Public Library, Westport, CT

MEMBERSHIPS:
Silvermine Guild of Artists
New Haven Paint and Clay Club.
AWARDS:
2002, New England Booksellers Association Children's Literature Award
1994, American Library Association's Arbuthnot citation
1991, Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal
1991, University of Minnesota's Kerlan Award
1981, Christopher Medal for Illustration
1980, National Jewish Book Award
1979, University of Southern Mississippi Medallion
1968, Premio Grafico Fiera Internazionale di Bologna
1950, Pulitzer Painting Award
Westport's Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts
William Wirt Winchester Traveling Fellowship, Yale University
John Ferguson Weir Prize, Yale University

ADDITIONAL AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS:
His vita can found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, and the Dictionary of International Biography.
The University of Connecticut maintains a significant archive of his works at the Dodd Research Center and is the publisher of Leonard Everett Fisher: A Life of Art (1998).
He is the subject (among others) of a 2009 documentary film Years in the Making whose focus is on one’s professional life past 70 years of age.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Illustrated over 260 books for young readers (published in a dozen plus languages world-wide)
Authored and Illustrated 90 books
Designed ten United States Postage Stamps
His illustrations pioneered the first eight Reading Laboratories for Science Research Associates (Chicago, IL)
In 1959 he revived the soft engraving (i.e. scratchboard) technique for children's books and went on to produce some 6,000 such pieces over the next 25 years not only for books but for postage stamps, posters, and magazines
Delegate to the 1979 White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services during the Carter Administration
Dean Emeritus of the Paier College of Art (CT)
Lowe Illustration Committee of the New Britain Museum of American Art Member
Master of Fine Arts program of Western Connecticut State University Masters Advisory Board
Founding member of the Westport-Weston Arts Council (now the Westport Arts Center)
Former President of the Westport Library Board of Trustees