Thomas Cornell

1937-2012 (Times Record Obituary)
Amherst College, B.A., 1959
Yale University School of Art and Architecture, 1959-60
Bowdoin College, Maine; Professor, 1962-2012
Richard E. Steele Professor of Visual Arts, 2001-2012

  • One-Man Exhibitions

    2013        June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland ME, "The Priority of Nature"

    •           Essay by Martica Sawin
    1997
    • G.W. Einstein Company, New York, NY
    1990
    • Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick ME
    • catalogue with an introduction by Martica Sawin
    1989
    • G.W. Einstein Company, New York, NY
    1986
    • G.W. Einstein Company, New York, NY
    1987
    • Morehead State University, Claypool-Young Art Building, Kentucky
    1981
    • A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY
    1980
    • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
    1977
    • Barridoff Galleries, Portland, ME
    • University of Bridgeport, CT
    1979
    • A.M. Sachs Gallery, New York, NY
    • University of Redlands, CA
    1976
    • Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
    1974
    • Daniel Grishman Gallery, Boston, MA
    1972
    • Associated American Artists, New York, NY
    • Optik Gallery, Amherst, MA
    1971
    • Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    • catalogue with an introduction by Marvin Sadik
    1968
    • Block Gallery, St. Louis, MO
    1967
    • Wesleyan University, CT
    • Fisk University, Nashville, TN
    1966
    • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
    • Tragos Gallery, Boston, MA
    1965
    • Yale University Library (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library), CT
    • Sabersky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
    • Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
    • Williams College Museum of Art
    • Smith Glass Gallery, Northampton, MA
    1963
    • Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
    1961
    • Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Group Exhibitions

    2017  
    • Law's Picture Books, The Yale Law Library Collection, Grolier Club, New York City. Catalogue with essays by Michael Widener, Mark S. Weiner, Jolande E. Goldberg, and Erin C. Blake
    2016    
    •  Persistence: The Continuing Influence of Classical    Myths, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
    2009    
    •   National Academy Museum, New York, NY
    2008
    • Great Graphics: Prints and Drawings 1470-1970, Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME 2007 American Arcadia, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
    • National Academy Museum, NYC
    2006
    • The Maine Print Project, The Portland Museum of Art, ME
    • Maine Menagerie, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, ME
    • Group Show, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia PA
    • Group Show, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland ME 2005 Disegno, National Academy of Design, NYC
    2003
    • 178th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NYC
    • Summertime, Potter & Slack Fine Art, Marbledale, CT
    • Group Show, Potter & Slack Fine Art, Marbledale, CT
    2002
    • Bowdoin Faculty Exhibition, Icon Gallery, Brunswick, ME
    • The Spirit of New England, Potter & Slack Fine Art, Marbledale CT The Perception of Appearances: A Decade of American Contemporary Figurative Drawing, Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA
    2001
    • The Pervasive, yet Elusive, Dionysos, Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick ME
    • Eighteen Alumni Artists, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA
    2000
    • Focus on the Collection, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
    • 176th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY 1998 Notations of Color: Oil Sketching in Maine, Bates College, Maine
    1997
    • 172nd Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
    • Plein Air Painting, Bates College Art Museum, Lewiston, ME
    1996
    • Group Exhibition, G.W. Einstein Co., New York, NY
    • 171st Annual Exhibition (juried), National Academy of Design, New York, NY
    • Art Professors’s Show, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, ME Context Considered, Perspectives of American Art, Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick, ME
    1995
    • Maine Printmaking, Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta, ME
    • Maine Artists, The Blaine House, Augusta, ME
    • Group Show, J.S. Ames Fine Art, Belfast, ME
    • Flora, Fauna, & Firearms, G.W. Einstein Co., New York, NY 1994 Director’s Choice, The Arkansas Arts Center, AR (Townsend Wolff) Town and Country, curated by The Museum of Modern Art, General Electric, New York, NY Portraits: Artist and Sitter; Selections from the Burk Collection, University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham ME
    • Self-Portraits, Icon Gallery, Brunswick, ME
    • Group Show, G.W. Einstein, New York, NY
    1993
    • Men Working, curated by Charles Parness at G.W. Einstein, New York, NY
    • 168th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY Anniversary Exhibition, Portland Museum of Art, July 25–October, (including the inaugural exhibition of Four Ages commissioned and donated by John Hancock Corporation)
    • American Works on Paper, G. W. Einstein, New York, NY
    • Expedition Maine, Sherry French Gallery (NYC), Tenant's Harbor, ME
    • Looking at the Land, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport ME
    1992
    • Pertinent Dissimilarities: The Figure, Webster University, St. Louis, MO Art of Maine: A Bounty of Woods and Water, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
    • Personal Choices: An Invitational Exhibition, G.W. Einstein, New York, NY
    1991
    • Against the Grain 1960–1990: Images in American Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PA
    • Artists by Artists, Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME
    • The 166th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
    • New Work, G.W. Einstein Company, New York, NY
    1990
    • Selections from the Reed College Art Collection, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, OR
    • Artists' Gardens, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
    • Preparatory Drawings, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
    • Printmakers Who Teach, University of Maine at Augusta, ME
    1989
    • The Modern Pastoral, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery Ltd., New York, NY
    • Self Portraits, John Szoke Gallery, New York, NY
    • The Landscape Observed, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD American Painting After the Death of Painting, Kuznetsky Most, Moscow USSR (First Group Exhibition of American Art in the Soviet Union, curated by Donald Kuspit in association with the U.S.S.R. Artists Union)
    • Artists' Book Arts, The Baxter Gallery, Portland School of Art, Portland, ME Coming of Age: Twenty One Years of Collecting, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI The Figure, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR (catalogue essay by Townsend Wolfe)
    1988
    • The Face of the Land, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PA Utopian Visions, curated by The Museum of Modern Art, Pfizer Inc., New York, NY
    1987
    • Maine Teachers, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME Studied From Life: Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Utopian Visions, curated by the Museum of Modern Art, American Express, NY
    1986
    • Plein Air, Bank of Boston, MA
    • Painting Exhibition, G.W. Einstein Co. New York, NY
    1984
    • Aspects of Contemporary Realism, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
    • Contemporary Still Life Painting, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery Ltd., NY Twentieth Century American Drawings—The Figure in Context, International Foundation Traveling Exhibition: Terra Museum of Art (Evanston, IL), Arkansas Arts Center (LittleRock, AR), Oklahoma Museum of Art (Oklahoma City), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH), Elvehjem Museum of Art (Madison, WI), National Academy of Design (NYC)
    1983
    • Landscapes, One Penn Plaza
    1982
    • Contemporary Still Life Painting, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery Ltd., New York, NY 46th Annual Midyear Show, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
    • British International Print Biennale (the Seventh), Bradford, West Yorkshire
    1981
    • Out of New York, Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
    1980
    • Invitational Group Exhibitions, Artists' Choice Museum, Dintenfass Gallery, New York, NY
    • Great Portrait Drawings, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    • Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
    • Contemporary Printmakers, Pratt Graphic Center, New York, NY
    • Master Etchers, Paperworks Gallery, Larchmont, NY
    1979
    • Toward a Revival of Classicism II, Tatistcheff & Company, New York, NY
    1978
    • Figures, University of Maine, Augusta, ME Group Exhibition, The Thomas H. Bayly Memorial Building, University of Virginia Art Museum
    • 500 Years of Printmaking, Bowdoin College, ME
    1977
    • Drawing Show, M and L Gallery, New York, NY
    • National Invitational Print Exhibition, Habitat Galleries, Dearborn, MI
    • New Directions, Barridoff Galleries, Portland, ME
    1976
    • 30 Years of American Printmaking, Brooklyn Museum, NY ?In Their Own Image?, Printmakers and their Students, Southern Connecticut State College, CN
    • Figurative Exhibition, Frost Gully Gallery, Portland, ME
    • Contemporary Printmakers, Williams College Museum, MA
    • Group Exhibition, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME
    • The 1976 May Show, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH
    1974
    • Living American Artists & The Figure, Pennsylvania State University Modern Printmakers, The Rochester Insittute of Technology, Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY
    1973
    • The Art of the Burin, Bonfoey Galleries, Cleveland, OH
    1972
    • Graphics from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie L. Johnson, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, CA
    1970
    • Far Gallery, exclusive representation, NYC
    1969
    • Painters as Printmakers, Museum of Modern Art, NY
    • Young New England Painters, Ringling Art Museum, Sarasota, FL
    • Group Show, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
    1968
    • Etchings, University of San Diego, CA
    1967
    • Twentieth Century Illustrated Books, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
    1966
    • National Council of Fine Arts exhibition in the White House, Washington D.C.
    • Grolier Club, New York, NY
    1963
    • New England Art Exhibition, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
    1962
    • Opening Exhibition, Principia College, Elsah, IL
    1960
    • Brooklyn Museum Print Show
    • Philadelphia Print Club Invitational Print Show
    • Four printmakers, Contemporaries Gallery, New York, NY
    • Group Show, Jewish Community Center, New Haven, NJ

  • Commissions

    1998
    • Portrait painting of Jane deLacy Kinkel
    • Landscape for Dent Neurological Institute, Buffalo N.Y.
    1992
    • Cover reproduction for Reader's Digest, A New Planting (June)
    1984
    • A series of large paintings (The Four Ages) by John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company for installation at the Hancock Center, Boston
    1981
    • Portrait painting of Dean Quarles for the Virginia Engineering Foundation
    1980
    • Cover, Illustration and Design for The Imaginary Witness: The Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse, by Morton Schoolman
    1979
    • Portrait painting of college president Roger Howell, Bowdoin College, ME
    1977
    • Portrait drawing of Harry Dent for Dent Neurological Institute, Buffalo, NY
    1971
    • Magazine cover commissions: The Center Magazine, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Santa Barbara, CA; July/August: The Lessons of Vietnam and May/June 1972: The Liberation of Women
    1970
    • Commission of 300 bronze plaques of Dionysos, purchased by J. Walter Thompson, Inc., New York, NY Commission of Bronze Plaque and Drawings by the Walt Whitman Society, NJ
    1968
    • Commission to make bronze plaque to be awarded by the Maine State Commission on the Arts and Humanities
    1966
    • Print edition commissioned by the International Graphic Art Society
    • Portrait drawing and sculpture of Joseph Hirshhorn
    1964
    • Portrait drawing of Senator David Graham, Maine
    1961
    • Portrait drawing of Chancellor Cheadle, University of California at Santa Barbara

  • Selected Reviews, Books, and Articles

    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Daniel Kany, September 15, 2013
    • Exhibition Essay by Martica Sawin, "Thomas Cornell: The Priority of Nature," August 2013
    • The Bowdoin Orient, "Artist-in-Residence to Retire after Half-Century at Bowdoin," by Peter Griesmer, April 27, 2012
    • The New York Times, review by Martha Schwendener, June 1, 2007
    • Paintings of Maine, edited by Carl Little, Downeast Books, 2006
    • The Imprint of Place, David P. Becker, Downeast Books, 2006
    • The New York Observer, in review by Hilton Kramer, July 11, 2005
    • Environment and History, Volume 9, No. 3, “Valuing Nature: A Set of papers Resulting From The Shipman Workshop,” article reviewed by Peter Coates, University of Bristol, UK, August 2003
    • The Bowdoin Orient, review by Jonathan L. Knapp, October 30, 1998
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Ken Greenleaf, October 4, 1998
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Philip Isaacson, May 29, 1994
    • The Times Record, review by Kim Cannon, May 26, 1994
    • The Christian Science Monitor, Melissa Madenski, August 17, 1993
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Greg Gadberry, August 16, 1992
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Greg Gadberry, July 7, 1991
    • Paintings of Maine, book by Carl Little, ©1990
    • Maine Art Now, book by Edgar Allen Beem, Dog Ear Press, ©1990
    • The Republican Journal and the Bucksport Free Press, reviews by Valerie Van Winkle; June 1990
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Sherry Miller; May 27, 1990
    • Maine Times, review by Edgar Allen Beem; May 11, 1990
    • Art in America, review by Paul Smith, May 1990
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review of Voiceprints by Mark Melnicove; February 18, 1990
    • Art-Talk, by Ruth Bass; January 1990
    • Arts & Antiques, review by Jean Nathan; December 1989
    • Maine Times, review by Edgar Allen Beem; November 3, 1989
    • Post-Modernism, The New Classicism in Art and Architecture, book by Charles Jencks, Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., ©1987
    • Maine Life Magazine, article by Muriel L. Hendrix; February-March 1987
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Philip Isaacson; May 11, 1986
    • Drawing, The International Review, published by the Drawing Society, "The Symbolic Renewal" by Ronny H. Cohen; September-October 1982
    • Arts Magazine, review by George M. Tapley, Jr.; February 1983
    • Art Scribe, review by Robert Ayers, London; February 1982
    • Arts Magazine, review by Paul Smith; February 1982
    • The New York Times, review by Vivien Raynor; December 4, 1981
    • Dictionary of Contemporary Artists, Paul Cummings, ©1980
    • Art Monthly, review by Peter Fuller; March 1980
    • Arts Magazine, review by Alan Wallach; February 1980
    • Artweek, review by Ruth Weisberg; December 8, 1979
    • The New York Times, review by Hilton Kramer; November 30, 1979
    • Maine Times, review by Charles Stanley; August 26, 1977
    • Portland Press Herald, review by Patricia McGraw Anderson; August 22, 1977
    • The Figurative Tradition, Nine Artists and their Prints, Philip Verre, Williamstown MA, ©1976, exhibition March 1976
    • Portland Press Herald, review by Philip Isaacson; 1976
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Philip Isaacson; April 4, 1976
    • The Christian Science Monitor, review by Judy Van der Veer; January 20, 1975
    • The New Humanism, Art in a Time of Change by Barry Schwartz, 1974
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer, review by Helen B. Cullinan; September 16, 1973
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, review by Philip Isaacson; 1972
    • The New York Times, review by John Canaday; January 15, 1972
    • Princeton Alumni Weekly; April 27, 1971
    • Maine Sunday Telegram, reviews by Philip Isaacson; July 7 and 27, 1969
    • St. Petersburg Times, review by Charles Benbow; April 7, 1969
    • Portland Press Herald, review by Philip Isaacson; 1968
    • Nashville Banner; November 17, 1967
    • London Times Literary Supplement, review; March 31, 1966
    • New York Times, review by John Canaday; January 3, 1966
    • Art in America, review by Cleve Gray; October-November, 1965
    • Forum, San Francisco; April, 1965
    • Los Angeles Times, review by Henry Seldis; February, 1965
    • New York Times, review by John Canaday; July 12, 1964
    • Spectrum, University of California; Spring 1964
    • Los Angeles Times, review by Henry Seldis; Spring 1962
    • Art in American, "New Talent, U.S.A."; 1961

  • Selected Lectures and Published Papers

    2007
    • Conference, Society for Science Literature and the Arts, Moderator/Presenter, November 1-4, Presentation: Designing the New World Picture
    2003
    • Lecture: University of Southern Maine, sponsored by the Philosophy Department; Aesthetics & Ethics Are One: Depicting a Just Political Vision, December 2
    • Public Dialogue with William Geoghehan: Bowdoin College, ME; Nietzsche & Plato: On Art, Philosophy and Religion, December 9
    2002
    • Essay: “Valuing Nature: The Imperative of Being,” from Valuing Nature: A set of Papers Resulting From The Shipman Workshop, Bowdoin College
    • Lecture for Chaired Professorship: Bowdoin College, ME; On ‘Nature’ and ‘Good,’ An Artist’s Reconciliation of Aesthetics and Ethics; October 1
    2001
    • Lecture: Amherst College, MA; Naturalism and the Good
    1998
    • Lecture: Bowdoin College, ME; Valuing Nature: An Artist’s Perspective
    1993
    • Museum Talk, Portland Museum of Art, ME; The Four Ages, September 20
    1992
    • Maine Alliance for Arts Education keynote address; Nature in the Arts & Humanities, March 7
    1980
    • Lecture: The New York Studio School, New York, NY; January 18 Lecture: The Alliance of Figurative Artists, New York, NY; Considerations of Classicism; March 14-21
    • Lecture: University of Iowa; April
    1979
    • Lecture: Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY; sponsored by the Graduate Arts Students Union, February 20 Lecture: The Alliance of Figurative Artists, New York; Sentiment, Content and Narration; April 7
    • Lecture: Queens College, Queens, NY, April 26
    1976
    • Maine Public Broadcasting Network, radio interview by Neal Peterson, Portland ME: Politics and Art Director of first conference of Union of Maine Visual Artists; paper: The Realistic Use of the Creative Impulse
    1967
    • Lecture: Stanford University in Germany, Beutelsback, February
    1966
    • Grolier Club, New York; elected to membership; exhibition and lecture

  • Teaching Positions

    • Bowdoin College, Maine; Professor, 1962-2012
    • Richard E. Steele Professor of Visual Arts, 2001-2012
    • New York Drawing Association (currently the New York Academy of Art), Founding Advisor, 1982
    • Princeton University; Lecturer, Visual Arts Program, 1969-71
    • Massa Lubrense, Italy (Sorrento); taught and directed Summer Art School, 1967
    • University of California, Santa Barbara; Instructor in Art, 1960-62

  • Awards, Grants, Fellowships and Honors

    • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1993
    • President, Union of Maine Visual Artists, 1991-1992
    • Maine Arts Commission, Artist in Residence Program, Portland School of Art, Portland, ME, 1990
    • Elected to the National Academy of Design, 1984
    • Ford Foundation Grant (for the study and illustration of Euripides' Bacchae), 1969-70
    • Fulbright Grant awarded by the Institute for International Education, 1966
    • National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship (currently The National Endowment for the Arts), 1966-67
    • Grolier Club, New York; elected to membership; exhibition and lecture, 1966
    • Archive established, Yale University Library (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library), CT, 1965
    • Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The National Institute of Arts and Letters; exhibition, May-August 1964
    • Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, 1961
    • New England Drawing Competition: First Prize, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, 1960
    • New Haven Winter Show: First Prize, Drawing, 1960

  • Fine Arts Publications

    • Ethan Frome, color etching of Edith Wharton, Ascensius Press; Portland, ME, 2001
    • Voiceprints, Romulus Editions, by poet David Walker with five etchings, 1989
    • Tragos Press established 1964 by Cornell has published:
      • Frederick Douglass, Broadside
      • William Lloyd Garrison, Broadside
      • Bayard Rustin, Broadside
      • A Letter to Aaron Tarr, Civil War Letter
      • Composed for Dying, poems by David Walker
      • Frederick Douglass, small book
    • The Defense of Gracchus Babeuf, including 21 etchings; Gehenna Press; Northampton, MA, 1964
      • Published by the University of Massachusetts Press, 1967
      • Published by Shocken Books, 1971
    • The Monkey, Smith College Press; edition of 60; 1959

  • Selected Collections

    • Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco
    • Amherst College
    • Bank of Boston
    • Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
    • Bowdoin College Museum of Art, ME
    • Canton Museum of Art, OH
    • Chemical Bank, New York City
    • Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
    • Dent Neurological Institute, Buffalo NY
    • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
    • Grunewald Collection, University of California, Los Angeles
    • John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company
    • Harvard University
    • High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA
    • Mr. and Mrs. Leslie L. Johnson
    • Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection of Philadelphia
    • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison WI
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Mitsubishi Corporation
    • Museum of Modern Art, NY
    • National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.
    • New York Public Library
    • Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME
    • P.P.G. Industries, Pittsburg PA
    • Princeton University Library (Collection of Erwin Panofsky)
    • Rodale Press, NJ
    • Smith College, MA
    • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
    • Tampa Public Library, FL
    • United States Information Agency
    • The University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    • University of California Art Gallery, Santa Barbara
    • University of Delaware Art Galleries, Newark, DE
    • University of North Carolina, Greensboro Collection
    • Virginia Engineering Foundation
    • Wright Ludington Collection
    • Yale University