Elizabeth Korn and Her Times
May 29 – June 30, 2015
Opening Reception May 29, 4-6pm
Curated by Kether Tomkins, Alexa Zbieranowski, Anthony Rossi
and Professor of Art History, Emerita, Sara Lynn Henry
Born in Breslau, then Germany, Elizabeth P. Korn studied at the National Academy of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Breslau, with subsequent studies at the Berlin Museum of Fine and Applied Arts, then in Rome, Madrid and New York City, where she took classes at Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Art, The New School and the Art Students League. In 1939, she and her eminent scientist husband, Arthur Korn, and their 17-year-old son fled Nazi Germany because of their Jewish heritage, first attending a scientific conference in Norway, then making their way to the United Staes, nearly penniless, where they settled in Jersey City, New Jersey, close to Arthur’s new position at Stevens Institute of technology. Elizabeth worked as an illustrator of children’s books and as a portrait artist, mostly of scientists. In 1946, after her husband’s death, Elizabeth became the founding professor of the Drew art department, teaching both art history and studio art as a one-person department up until her last year of teaching, with her retirement in 1966. She was a cultured, effective and caring teacher. Through her personal charisma and support, several of her students went on to distinguished art careers. During her time at Drew and after her retirement, Elizabet painted in a number of daring modalities-abstract, expressionist, the Neo-Dada reliefs with classical motif, all of which you can see i the exhibition.
Sara Lynn Henry
Professor Emerita of Art History, Drew University
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