Sheryl Intrator Urman                                             
Artist
        
                                                                

 


Artist Bio
 
                     
Sheryl Fran Intrator Urman                                                     
     
Sherylintratorurman@gmail.com
 
Sherylintrator.com                                                                                         

201 503-9796
Jan 2015

BIOGRAPHY:  ARTIST/CURATOR/ LECTURER/TEACHER  

 
It has always been my desire and dream to be a working artist, however that was not the path I chose to seriously pursue until 2005. Although involved with art as a business, I lacked the courage to create and market my own work. Listening to advice I gave my students year after year, I finally decided it was time for me to follow my own dreams. I began to paint and exhibit, my work received attention. When the Borghi Fine Art Gallery, accepted my work and quickly sold 2 pieces, it gave me the confidence to pursue art as a serious career path.  I am active in several art organizations which help fuel my passion to build a body of work, exhibit and sell. 

Much of my work has a message. I wish to communicate with the viewers to cause thought provoked reaction to my work. I have chosen to be involved with political, religious and charitable organizations, which provides stimulation to grow my art.

 Painting on wood attracted me because it allowed me to produce large sized pieces. Once work began, I noticed figures inside waiting to be painted. I feel that G-d is helping me see the figures in the wood and guiding me toward creating my paintings. I can’t explain the excitement I feel while using wood, a living thing. The process of trying to capture the images is amazing.

I live in northern New Jersey, very close to Manhattan, New York City. The view of the Hudson River, the New York City Skyline and of the George Washington Bridge has always thrilled me. I am very blessed to see this view when ever I wish. I decided to try to capture the majesty of it's beauty in my paintings. I love water, air and bridges; I plan to continue to build a body of work devoted to the bridges around New York City and New Jersey.
 
Political art has always interested me; as a curator I feel it is my task to bring out the voice of the artists. I created a concept called The Response Art Series.  The formula of the Response Art Series is to invite artists to become educated in  a subject and use that message as inspiration to create their art work. As curator, I will continue to use this method and formula (Although no longer labeled The Response Art Series). My formula is educate and require a written statement which is judged along with the art work. Artists learn about an important theme or subject for the exhibition.  As an artist I create art, but as a curator I create a whole exhibition. Both my artwork and my exhibition goals are to communicate with the viewers, the audience. I believe that my formula for engaging artists through learning and inspiration, a kind of  "Reactionary Work",  will become a new genre of art work that can be used as an advocacy tool.

In September 2011,  I acted as curator for an exhibition that focused on political art, responding to current events which affect Israel and threatens its right to exist.  That Exhibition included 72 pieces of art work, selected by the 3 prestigious jurors, I selected.  The Opening night attendance was almost 1000 people, who listened to the honorable Ed Koch (former Mayor of NYC), Malcolm Hoenlein, Gil Lanier from the Israeli Consul and Richard McBee an Artist/Writer, speak about this new way to help Israel through art. This kind  of art was exciting for the artists to create as well as the attendees to view. There were 2 bands on the Opening night. Several Curator/Artist panels and lectures were well attended throughout the exhibition. I plan to continue this kind of Reactionary Political Art.  I am one of the founders of Art League Defending Israel.

 
For the past 18 years I have been involved in art through teaching.   I am the creator and sole proprietor of Art for Learning LLC. an art business which provides art lessons, lectures, enrichment and cultural programming to children, teens, adults and seniors. In the summer, Art for Learning LLC. is a summer program which offers 26 kinds of weekly historically based programs, 7 kinds of fashion programs and 3 travel based programs, with attendance of over 220 children per summer. The weekly programs have been designed to focus on particular art/historical subjects. The programs are diverse and have subjects like Impressionism, where I act as docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art  and teach art lessons in Central Park, or Medieval art where we visit the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art for Learning LLC. continues to be a viable business. For more information visit: Artforlearning.com.
 
I also have created Art related Enrichment Programs to match curriculum's of lower schools, middle schools as well as high schools. I am also a Hirshhorn Lecturer, and have designed art appreciation lecture and tour series for adults and seniors as well, and have presented lectures based on Art focusing on history, literature and movies. During 2010,  I was a Art substitute teacher for The Moriah School, for a 2 month period.
 

 Teacher at: the Closter Art Studio in Englewood from September 1995 through July 1997.


Studied at: the Art Students League and The Bronx Botanical Garden School of Botanical Arts  

Presented at:
Ahavath Torah, Rhoades Scholars, Englewood, New Jersey                                                                                                     Aidekman Campus JCC Metrowest, Whippany
Beni Abraham, Livingston
Cloisters Museum, Manhattan, New York – Privately
Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell, New Jersey
Cooperman Campus, JCC Metrowest, So.Orange, New Jersey 
Kaplan Campus JCC on the Palisades, Tenafly 
JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains, New Jersey      
Jewish Federation Plaza, West Orange
Jewish Museum, New York – Privately
Lester Senior Housing, West Orange, New Jersey
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York  - Privately
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey - Privately
Moriah School in Englewood. Lower and Middle schools
New York Historical Society, New York  - Privately          
Pine Brook Jewish Center, Senior Group, co-sponsored with JCC Metro West, Montville
SAR Academy High School
Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, New Jersey
The Frisch High School, Paramus, New Jersey
Torah Academy of Bergen County, High school
Whitehall Senior Center, New Jersey
Yeshiva of Northern New Jersey Middle school
Yeshivat Noam, Paramus, New Jersey
                        
  
Creator and Fundraiser:
The Susan Mandel Breast Cancer Research Fund of Hadassah. I designate a portion of the proceeds from  the  sale of my own art work to this charity, in memory of my dear Sister.                             
  
 Award:  Artist in Residency by Jewish Federation Agency for Israel, Naharyia Israel May 25-June 3rd 2011
 
Artist in Residence : Ahavath Torah, Englewood, N. J.,  Dor LeDor Program 2011 - Present
    
Membership Artist Organizations:
Art Exchange Program Chair, Partnership2gether Program,  Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, 2011 to present
Vice President of Exhibitions, Salute to Women in the Arts, 2011-2013 
Director of Interpretive Arts, and Operating Committee,  Artists 4 Israel, 2010- 2011
Women's Caucus for Art, 
The Jewish Art Salon
Artists Beit Midrash Group
   

Curator:
1.  “Water the Essence of our Lives”, Belskie Museum of Art, April - May 2014
2. “ Water the Essence of our Lives”, Kaplen JCC, March - April  2014
3.  “Salute @ 40”, Salute to Women in the Arts”, Bergen Art Pac, April 2014
4.  “People a Common Thread”,  Belskie Museum of Art, April 2013. 
5.  “People a Common Thread”,  Kaplen JCC, March 2013
6.  “Israel’s Restraint to Bombings”, ,Hebrew Institute of Riverdale,  June 2013
7.  “Natures Canvas”, North Jersey Federation, April 2012
8.  “Response Art Series”, Industry City Art Gallery, Sep 2011
9. “ Response Art Series”, Kaplen JCC, May 2011

Exhibitions:

Borghi Fine Arts Gallery,  from June 2008 to present
Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, New Jersey, January 2015    
Water Tower Gallery, Naharyia, Israel, June 2014 
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, Tenafly, New Jersey, March - April 2014
Belskie Museum of Art, Closter, New Jersey, April – May 2014 
Bergen Art Pac, Englewood, New Jersey, April 2014 
Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, New Jersey, March-April 2014 
One River Gallery, Englewood, New Jersey, November 2013
Belskie Museum of Art, Closter, New Jersey, June 2013
Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, New York, June 2013  
Beit Liberman Art Gallery, Naharyia, Israel, May 2013 
Belskie Museum of Art, Closter, New Jersey, March – April 2013
Putnam Arts Council, Juried 2012 Show, Mahopac, New York, Oct.-Nov. 2012
Belle Levine Art Center, Mahopac, New York, March 2012
Beit Liberman Art Gallery,  Naharyia, Israel, May 2012  
Federation Art Gallery, Paramus New Jersey, April 2012  
Waltuch Gallery, Tenafly, New Jersey, February 2012 
The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, January 2012 
Response Art  Series Art Exhibition, New York City, September 2011 
Art on the Fence Festival, Israel, May 2011
Response Art Series, JCC Tenafly, New Jersey, May 2011  
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,  September 2010 through March 2011 
Warehouse Art Rave Show, December 2010 
River Edge Cultural Center,  October 2010 
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition, September 2010 
Artist Beit Midrash Exhibition, New Jersey May 2009 
Bridge Show, New York 26th Street, March 2009  
The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, February 2009
Art 20 The International Art Fair, New York Armory Show, November 2008 
Art Hamptons, the International Fine Arts Show,  July 2008
Artist Beit Midrash Exhibition, New Jersey May 2008
The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, January 2008
The Edward William Gallery at Fairley Dickenson University, January 2008
Artist Beit Midrash Exhibition, Teaneck, New Jersey, May 2007 
Jerusalem International Exhibition, Jerusalem, Israel, 1997
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