Selma Gubin Biography

Selma Gubin




Selma Gubin, painter and printmaker, was born in Kiev, Russia to Benjaman and Dora Gubin on January 1, 1903. Her family immigrated to the United States in about 1908 and she became a naturalized United States citizen on 1 January 1918.

The 1920 United States Federal Census lists the name [Selma Gaven] under Selma Gubin. The same surname is listed for her parents and siblings but this name is not on the records for these individuals in the 1915 census. This census has the family living in the Brooklyn Assembly District, Kings, New York.

Gubin studied art at Hunter College in New York after which she joined the Art Students League, where she received a fellowship and studied under John Sloan, Raphael Soyer, and Boardman Robinson. She was employed by the Work Progress Administration Federal Art Project between August 1935 and June 1941, in the Art Teaching Division and in the Murals Division.

In 1972, Gubin's work was included in a group exhibition of drawings and sculpture, with artists Mimi Gross, Claude Marks, Raphael Soyer, Edith Teitelbaum, and Max Weber. Her work is represented in the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Metropolitan Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Smith College Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Selma Gubin died on 17 June 1974 in New York.