Abstract Works by Lester Schwartz
- Monroe Arts Center, 1315 - 11th St.
- 6/3/2016 - 8/5/2016
- Gallery open Tues-Sat 10 am - 5 pm
Lester O. Schwartz was born on June 29, 1912 after his parents immigrated to America in the early 1900s. He grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, where he found his interest in creating sculptural designs from his father's scrap-yard. In his early years he worked on cartooning and he received a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago to study commercial art. After four successful years of studying art at the Art Institute of Chicago, he qualified for a fellowship to travel around the world for two and a half years including studying in Paris where he met Pablo Picasso. After teaching at the Art Institute and studying in the Far East on a fellowship, Schwartz became Artist-in-Residence at Ripon College in 1944. The school allowed him to renovate a fraternity house, which gave him the opportunity to paint without any restrictions except teaching, for four hours a day. Schwartz exhibited at the 34th Annual Exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Institute in 1937. Schwartz was renowned for his work in his own state and he won many prizes and awards. Opening Reception Friday, June 3 from 5 - 7 pm.