Founding Artists’ Biographies

Founding Artists Featured At Launch - July 2014

Pete Ham (1947-1975) & Tom Evans (1947-1983). The classic rock band, Badfinger, was both exceptionally talented and star-crossed. Its chief songwriters and performers, Pete Ham and Tom Evans, were also artists in other genres besides music. Here for the first time, neverheard demos are tied to Ham’s and Evans’ private draw-ings to reveal the depth of their artistry.

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Ben-Zion (1897-1987) devoted his life to beauty in all its manifestations: from the visual, to the literary, to the musical. He threaded nature, still life, the human figure, the Hebrew Bible, and the Jewish people into his work. A founding member of “The Ten,” he remained independent in his views and his art throughout his very active, long life.

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Blake Van Hoof Packard

Blake Van Hoof Packard (1994-2010) lived a short 16 years, yet his paintings reveal both a vision and a talent that are simply “cosmic.” As a turn-of-the-21st century artist, Blake got the Packard family gene for line, color and form, but had an entirely different object of fascination than any of his predecessors.

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Carol C. Carlisle

Carol C. Carlisle (1924-2011) epitomized the artistry of the editor during her nearly 35-year career as Managing Editor of Popular Photography magazine, where she was cele-brated for her keen eye and unswerving sense of perfection. During her career, she pre-served more than 1,200 about-to-bedestroyed photos, largely by then “unknowns,” but which history shows are photographic treasures that she saved from oblivion.

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Clark Tippet

Clark Tippet (1955-1992) was one of the most acclaimed dancers and most promising choreographers of ballet in modern American dance. As Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre (1976-1990), he danced in and with some of the greatest talents of his day including Baryshnikov, Tharp, and Parsons, and created numerous works for ABT and other dance companies.

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George Tate

George Tate (1920-1992) captured the giddiness and hope of a place and time with mesmerizing depictions of midcentury Southern California and Las Vegas. From the 1950s on, his photos show both the ordinary features and extraordinary vibrancy of the southwest, including Vegas and southern California, with its hustle and bustle, Hollywood hopefuls, beach life, and the swooping car life that presaged California’s new sub-urbs.

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Helen Corning

Helen Corning (1921-2011) painted exquisite abstractions - large canvases revealing a spare palate of earth tones and a layered simplicity honed over 60 years of painting. Her life and her life’s work were proudly described by her lapel pin: ART SAVES LIVES.

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Jamie Bernard

Jamie Bernard (1987-2010) was a prodigious young writer and artist who filtered con-temporary culture through a prism of youth and alienation, supported by keen observation and a consuming passion for literature, history, and international affairs.

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Leopold Allen

Leopold Allen (1945-1987) was an artist for the American Ballet Theatre whose artistry was to make up ABT’s dancers to embody and project the roles they were performing. From the evil fairy, Carabosse, to the luminous Sleeping Beauty, and hundreds of char-acters in between, Leopold designed and applied the makeup, wigs (and often the shoes) of ABT’s dancers.

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Nancy Whorf

Nancy Whorf (1930-2009) was a an inventive painter, best known for her vibrant, var-ied scenes of the fishing village where she lived all her life on Cape Cod. She painted the town and its memorable characters as a visual memoirist – rather than in any effort to recreate it accurately.

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Norma Holt

Norma Holt (1918-2013) was a prolific photographer whose focus on children, women and the working poor in New York, the larger U.S., and internationally, revealed the everyday faces of humanity during tumultuous, often pivotal moments in history. From the streets of New York to the Israeli-Arab conflict and a fishing community in Cape Cod, Holt captured real people in simple, powerful images.

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Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (1923-2007) lived a life larger than the literary characters he created and for which he became [in]famous. A man of wide ranging and provocative inclinations in his literary, political and personal life, he was largely unknown as an artist even though he was personally quite proud of his drawings. Here they are widely displayed for the first time at POBA.

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Additional Founding Artists on POBA
Anabel Schreiber Holland

Anabel Schreiber Holland (1923-2011) studied art at the Corcoran School in Washington, DC, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Drawing and painting came naturally to her. Her work was ebullient, and inventive, transformed by her fragile health and complex family life.

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David Shainberg

David Shainberg (1932-1993) used abstract expressionism with total release to render the intensity of his creative process poignantly evident in his paintings, where he created landscapes and illusions of figures with a striking sense of energy and mood.

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Eli Waldron

Eli Waldron (1916-1980) was a remarkably talented literary and visual artist, whose articles, short stories, poems and drawings reveal penetrating wit, wry humor, uncanny imagination, and an enduring artistic and social sensibility. Part of a literary circle that included Richard Gehman, Hollis Alpert, Josephine Herbst, S. J. Perleman, and J. D. Salinger, Waldron was published both during his lifetime and posthumously.

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Josh Holland

Josh Holland (1921-2011) studied at the Art Institute in Chicago and kept sketchbooks for 75 years. Following a seminal 33-year career in meteorology, he returned to art as a primary focus in 1981. A realist, he painted beauty he saw in people and place, visibly exploring relationships in space.

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Louis Nardo

Louis Nardo (1946-2009) possessed an artist’s soul, a painter’s vision and a craftsman’s hands. He was exceptionally skilled at painting, woodworking, ceramics, graphics and 3D animation, and most powerfully in his photography. Nardo’s images show reverence for the thing itself (“eo ipso”) - the simple day-to-day objects that through his camera’s eye are captured with astonishing brilliance, relief, and vividness.

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Pamela Roberts

Pamela Roberts (1953-1998) was a largely self-taught artist in L.A., whose interests spanned punk music, tattoo art, and finally, her own unforgettable paintings. At the time of her death, she was gaining well-deserved recognition as an “urban outsider.” Her work is characterized by a unique combination of beauty, warmth, sweetness, and wit.

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Phyllis Sklar

Phyllis Sklar (1924-2010) was an artist of many expressions; best known for her primitive paintings of contemporary themes and landscapes and for her imaginatively rendered hand-wrought jewelry.

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Roger Anderson

Roger Anderson (1916-2005) lived an artful and art-filled life. In Distant Thunder is found a narrative of our country; the heroes and villains who created it, and the major milestones, battles and scars proudly carried within its history. Included in his collections are Anderson’s personally recorded never-before-heard audio interviews of original Arizona pioneer women. These recordings are of great historical significance.

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Toni Fields Schiff

Toni Fields Schiff (1931-2013) became a painter late in life, and most notably, after she became blind in her 50s and developed Parkinson’s disease in her 60s. Undaunted, Toni created strong, colorful, and detailed works that range from the delicious to the mysterious. Her paintings are a pleasure to view both from the outside and through a canvas window into the artist’s mind.

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