Harriet Zeitlin received a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
She was a painting major and coordinated with the University of Pennsylvania graduating with a BFAdegree . She also attended the Barnes Foundation for a two year course in the Traditions of Painting. She studied printmaking at UCLA, and photography at Santa Monica College. She has lived in Washington, D.C., Paris, France, New York and Los Angeles. During the 1970’s she was active in the Artists Rights Movement serving as President of Artists for Economic Action, and Executive Director of a CETA Title VI Art in Public Places program where she employed 10 local artist to make public art for LA. She was the artist representative on the LACMA Graphic Arts Council Board, and on the Executive Board of the LA, Printmaking Society. She won a California Arts Council Grant and City of Los Angeles Cultural Grant. She was artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Mendocino Art Center. Her artist quilts were displayed in the Arts in Embassies Program in Hong Kong and Namibia, Africa.
She has had 25 solo shows and exhibited in over 100 group shows Her work is in numerous public collections including LACMA, Library of Congress, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, United States Embassy, New Delhi, Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts, National Museum of Jewish History etc. etc.
She has taught art periodically over the years at the Synanon School, Mirman School for Gifted Children, Crossroads ,Vista Del Mar, Performing Tree, LA Unified Adult Education, UCLA Extension. LA High School for Music and Art.
She completed a book on photography started by her husband, Shooting Stars, Favorite Photos taken by Classic Celebrities of the 1950’s.
She recenttly exhibited in the Salon d’Automne, Paris France and had a solo show of three decades of work in 2009 at Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica showing prints, plates, quilts, fiber and sculpture. In 2013 she exhibited a 30 year survey of quilts, mixed media and sculpture at the Kracke Fine Art Gallery in Rancho Mirage, CA
I am a painter, printmaker, fiber artist and sculptor. I cannot help but mix media and enjoy using found objects that are both nature’s detritus and man made trashed items. I love the ubiquitous California palm
tree and collect the long frond and armor-like plate that attaches to the trunk. These wonderful shapes and textures trigger my present work. I use them in everything I do, combining them with Sona tubes in free standing sculpture or designed as wall works that are painted and varnished. I exhibit them indoors in the
gallery or outdoors for specific sites. I want my work to evoke memories and associations where art, nature, culture and the collective unconscious interlock.
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Los Angeles, CA 90049
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