Born in the Ukraine, Bookbinder came to the United States as a young boy. He became an American citizen and was educated in prestigious Philadelphia are schools. He received a BS inEducation from the University of Pennsylvania (1934), a Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1930-1934), a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Temple University (1946), and a Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary) from Moore College of Art (1976).
In a career that spanned 60 years, Jack Bookbinder achieved outstanding recognition as a painter and lithographer. Bookbinder's paintings are realistic com-positions with a strong underlying abstract structure. Lithographs were built up with grease crayon, then needle-etched with care to create monochrome surfaces. A serious painter, Bookbinder maintained a Philadelphia studio where he could work away from distraction.
As an Educator, Bookbinder served on the faculties of the Barnes Foundation (1937-1944), The University of Pennsylvania (1946-1959), and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1949-1961). As Art Director of the Philadelphia public schools from 1959 to 1977, he headed the art department of one of the largest public school systems in the nation.
Born 1911 - 1990 Died
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