UW-Milwaukee Art Professor Emeritus Fred Berman died November 6, 2011. He was 85. Berman was well-known and called “one of Milwaukee’s more important late 20th-century artists.”
A statement from UWM Peck School of the Arts states he produced an amazing amount of work, primarily paintings but also photographs, collages and assemblages.
Over the years his work was exhibited in venues ranging from the prestigious Venice Biennale to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, among numerous other venues.
While his work remains in dozens of public and private collections across the country, his legacy also includes the profound influence he had on the careers of many of his students.
Fred Berman was a Milwaukee native who received his bachelor’s degree in art education from the Milwaukee State Teachers College (UWM’s predecessor institution) in 1948 and his master’s degree in applied art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949.
He began his teaching career at the renowned Layton School of Art in Milwaukee where he taught design, drawing, painting, and printmaking from 1949-1960. In 1960 he was hired by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and spent the next thirty-four years teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the Art Department, retiring in 1994.
Amy Rabideau Silvers of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote a touching obituary on Fred Berman on November 29, 2011. To access the obituary as well as a gallery of photographs, visit here.
The Fred Berman memorial service on February 4, 2012. Call the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Dean’s Office at 414-229-4762 if you have any questions or need more information.
Also, Joe and Jon Berman, Fred’s sons, asked us to tell you that if you would like to contribute a memory to the online guest book for Fred, it remains open at this site.
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Source: UWM Press release