Burton Silverman, N.A.
2004 Portrait Society Gold Medal Award Recipient
Burton Silverman is considered one of America’s foremost realist painters. Educated at Columbia University and the Art Students League, Silverman’s work has won 32 major awards from national organizations including five awards from the National Academy of Design and the Silver Medal from the American Watercolor Society. Silverman’s first one man exhibition took place in New York in 1956 and since that time Silverman has had 28 solo shows. His works are included in over a dozen public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American Art and the Butler Institute of American Art. Silverman has been a strong proponent of realism and has lectured extensively in museums and art schools on the subject. He has been commissioned to paint portrait covers of Time magazine and has drawn portraits of over 125 people featured in the Profiles segment of the New Yorker. He has been featured in magazines such as Art News, International Artist, American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Silverman was elected to the prestigious Society of Illustrator’s Hall of Fame and the Pastel Society of America’s
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