Elizabeth Nachman Erlanger Biography

Elizabeth Nachman Erlanger




Painter, printmaker, and art lecturer Elizabeth Nachman Erlanger was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1901. She attended the Art Students League in New York and later studied under Ralph M. Pearson, Umberto Romano, Jean Liberte and Hans Hofmann. In addition to her artistic career, she served as the president of the American Society of Contemporary Artists from 1963 to 1965, and as the liason officer between the United States Commissions of the International Art Association and the UNESCO from 1964 - 1968, and was a noted arts lecturer. The National Association of Women Artists awards a prize in her name.

Among her exhibitions were twelve solos: NAWA juried foreign exhibits in Greece, 1957, Japan, 1960, Argentina, 1963, Scotland, 1963 & France, 1966. She received an award from the Am. Soc. Contemporary Artists, 1953-63; prize in casein, Nat. Soc. Painters in Casein, 1963; and she received the first special citation awarded to a woman for outstanding civic achievement in the arts from Gov. Rockefeller, 1966. She was a member of the Audubon Artists; Am. Soc. Contemporary Artists (pres., 1963-65); SAGA; Nat. Soc. Painters in Casein (exec. board, 1960-69); NAWA (exec. board, 1956-63), and her work is held in the MMA; Brandeis Mus. Art, Waltham, MA; New York Univ.; Evansville (IN) Mus.; Peabody Mus., Nashville, TN.