Ben Shahn

  • Born in Kovno, Lithuania, in September 1898; died in New York City in March 1969
  • Created art which focused on social and political consciousness; drawing attention to those for whom life was a struggle
  • His talent was recognized early and by the age of 19 he became a professional lithographer.
  • Studied at the Educational Alliance, New York University, the College of the City of New York, and the National Academy of Design.
  • Pursued his art career full-time and in 1934 one of his photos was published in New Theatre magazine; in 1947 a collection of his works was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
  • Appreciation for his work came from many individuals as well as religious, corporate and government sources.

Artwork by Ben Shahn