Gretna Campbell

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Gretna Campbell Finkelstein (1922–1987) was an American painter and educator who was affiliated with the abstract expressionist New York School. Campbell's works are described as having developed "among a generation of painters respectful of the achievements of Abstract Expressionism but confident that depictions of the natural world remained timely and significant."[1]

Born in the Bronx, Campbell began formal studies in painting in 1939 attending an art workshop organized by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and continued at Cooper Union and the Art Students League in New York City.[2] In 1946, she married fellow New York School artist Louis Finkelstein (1923-2000).[2] After studies in France, and Italy, and brief stints in Provincetown on Cape Cod, she settled into spending her summers painting on Cranberry Island, Maine and the rest of the year in New York City.[2]

Campbell taught at the Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia College of Art, Yale School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the New York Studio School.[2] From 1978 to 1986, she and her husband settled in Stillwater Township, New Jersey where she began painting in the winter and spring until her final illness.[2][3] In 1987, she was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member.

On 14 July 1987, Gretna Campbell Finkelstein died in New York City.[4]


  1. ^ Mullarkey, Maureen. (10 June 2004) "Odd Nerdrum, Gretna Campbell, Bill Scott" in The New York Sun; (1 June 2004) in Art Critical: The Online Magazine of Art and Ideas. (with picture of her work "Gravel Pit, Stillwater 1980". Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gretna Campbell : Biography. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  3. ^ Sussex County Clerk's Office (Newton, NJ) Deed between Louis Finkelstein and Jane Culp Finklestein (grantor) to Sherry Jenkins (grantee). (12 June/24 July 2000). Deed Book 2475, page 305&c.; Deed between Marjorie V. Hendershot and Richard C. Hendershot (grantors) and Louis Finkelstein and Gretna Campbell Finkelstein (grantees) (6 October 1978), Deed Book 1015, page 355&c.; Deed between Frederick Fuchs and Jacqueline Fuchs (grantors) and Louis Finkelstein and Gretna Campbell Finkelstein (grantees) (13/15 May 1980), Deed Book 1051, page 737&c. Sussex County Clerk's Office deed records are available online searchable by name, record number, or lot number, Stillwater Township Tax Assessor's office, Stillwater Township, New Jersey, property records for Block 3202, Lot 4B, 4C now renumbered as Block 3202 Lot 4, 4.01, 4.02, 4.03.
  4. ^ Editors (November 1987). "Obituary: Gretna Campbell" in Women Artists News 12:4-5 (Fall/Winter 1987) : 43.