Arthur Szyk Society

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The Arthur Szyk Society
TypeNonprofit organization
PurposeArts education
HeadquartersBurlingame, California
Sander L. Stadtler (2007 to 2017)
Charles S. Syers (2001 to 2006)
Irvin Ungar (1997 to 2001)
George Gooche (1991 to 1997)
Irvin Ungar (2001 to 2017)

The Arthur Szyk Society, active from 1991 to 2017,[1][2][3] was a nonprofit organization founded to preserve the legacy of the artist Arthur Szyk (1894 – 1951).[4][5] Through its newsletters, art history papers, traveling exhibition, and group tours abroad, The Society presented Szyk's works to audiences in the United States and worldwide.[6][7]


The Arthur Szyk Society was founded by George Gooche (1928 – 2009) in Orange County in 1991. In 1997, Gooche transferred The Society’s leadership to Irvin Ungar and moved its location to Burlingame, California.[8] While active, The Arthur Szyk Society worked to keep Arthur Szyk in the public eye through a variety of services. Arthur Szyk’s daughter, Alexandra Szyk Bracie[9] (1922 – 2016), served on The Society’s honorary board and authorized The Society to grant image licenses for use of Szyk art in articles, books, exhibitions, and films.[10][11] In addition to image licensing, other services included loan facilitation for exhibitions, consultation for museums, access to archival materials by or related to Arthur Szyk, and publication of arts and educational study guides.[12]

On behalf of The Arthur Szyk Society, Curator Irvin Ungar has been a keynote speaker for exhibition openings and public events at institutions including the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin, Germany; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York.[13][14][15][16] Additionally, The Arthur Szyk Society served as collaborator for exhibitions, exhibition catalogues, and books about Arthur Szyk, including The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2002), Arthur Szyk: Drawing Against National Socialism and Terror (Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, 2008) and Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art (GILES, 2017).[17][18][19][20][21]

In April 2017, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at University of California, Berkeley became the official institutional steward of the Arthur Szyk collection and archives.[22][2]

Traveling exhibition[edit]

The Seymour Fromer Traveling Exhibition Program of The Arthur Szyk Society was named in honor of the late Seymour Fromer (1922 – 2009), who founded the Judah L. Magnes Museum (now The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life) and served as Vice-President of The Arthur Szyk Society until his death.[23]

The traveling exhibition, “Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk,” consisted of 32 color photo-mural panels which displayed a selection of Szyk’s works and provided information on the life and art of Arthur Szyk within the cultural and political movements of the first half of the 20th century. A web version of the exhibition remains as an archive.

Beginning in 2002, the traveling exhibition toured fourteen institutions, including Berkeley Hillel at UC Berkeley (2002), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York (2006), the University of Northern Iowa (2007), Carnegie Mellon University Libraries (2009), and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (2015).[6][24][25][26] In 2005, the exhibition toured Warsaw, Kraków, and Łódź, Poland as part of the Society's Szyk Renaissance Poland Tour.[27]

Board of directors and honorary board[edit]

In 2017, the board of directors included President Sander L. Stadtler, Executive Vice-President Allison Chang, Vice-President Wayne Feinstein, President Emeritus Charles S. Syers, Secretary Pamela H. Stein, Curator Irvin Ungar, and members Alex Lauterbach and John F. Rothmann. Honorary board members have included Alexandra Szyk Bracie, Theodore Bikel, Reverend DeeDee M. Coleman, the Honorable Tom Lantos (U.S. Representative), Stanislaw Obirek, Father John T. Pawlikowski, Rabbi Jacob Pressman and Margie Pressman, Art Spiegelman, Paul Von Blum, and Elie Wiesel.[28]



  1. ^ Youssef, Onastasia. "Visual History of Flight by Arthur Szyk, 1947". Shaw Galleries. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Gloster, Rob (3 April 2017). "Work of Szyk, whose romantic art glorified 20th-century Jewry, comes to Berkeley". J.: The Jewish News of Northern California. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  3. ^ Ungar, Irvin. "Sale of the Arthur Szyk Collection and Archives to the Magnes Museum at UC Berkeley". Mailchimp. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. ^ Heller, Steven (29 May 2014). "The Almost-Forgotten Jewish Artist Who Propagandized Against Hitler". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. ^ Ansell, Joseph P. (2004). Arthur Szyk: Artist, Jew, Pole. Oxford: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. p. 238. ISBN 1-874774-94-3.
  6. ^ a b "Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk". Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk Six Month Tour of Poland". Polish Cultural Institute New York. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Burlingame Judaica expert working to make Arthur Szyk famous again". J.: The Jewish News of Northern California. 21 January 2000. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  9. ^ Ungar, Irvin. "A Personal Tribute to Arthur Szyk's daughter, Alexandra Szyk Bracie (1922 – 2016)". Historicana. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  10. ^ Harris, Constance (30 December 2008). The Way Jews Lived: Five Hundred Years of Printed Words and Images. McFarland. p. 327. ISBN 978-0786434404. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  11. ^ Rose, Kenneth D. (10 October 2007). Myth and the Greatest Generation: A Social History of Americans in World War II. New York: Routledge. p. 14. ISBN 978-0415956772. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Find out more about The Arthur Szyk Society: Services". The Arthur Szyk Society. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  13. ^ "The Fabric of America through the Art of Arthur Szyk". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Lectures with guided tours". Deutsches Historisches Museum. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Arthur Szyk Gallery Tour with Irvin Ungar". Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Commemorate Arthur Szyk with Forest Hills Jewish Center & The Arthur Szyk Society on 9/25/11 at 12:30 PM - A Ceremony Fit For A Legend!". Rego-Forest Preservation Council. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  17. ^ Luckert, Steven (2002). The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk (First ed.). Washington, D.C.: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. p. vii. ISBN 0-89604-708-3.
  18. ^ "Arthur Szyk: Drawing Against National Socialiam and Terror". Deutsches Historisches Museum. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  19. ^ Widmann, Katja; Zechner, Johannes (2008). Arthur Szyk: Drawing Against National Socialism and Terror. Berlin: Deutsches Historisches Museum. ISBN 978-3422068414.
  20. ^ "Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art". GILES. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  21. ^ Ungar, Irvin; Berenbaum, Michael; Freudenheim, Tom L.; Kettlewell, James (November 2017). Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art. London: GILES. ISBN 978-1-911282-08-2.
  22. ^ "Berkeley receives local's prestigious art collection: Political artist's work acquired through Peninsula residents' dedication, generosity". San Mateo Daily Journal. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  23. ^ Deydan, Lori. "Finding Aid to the Seymour Fromer papers". Online Archive of California. California Digital Library. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  24. ^ "UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museums to partner in Holocaust project". University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  25. ^ ""Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk" To Be Exhibited At Carnegie Mellon's Posner Center, January–March 2009". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Harlan Gallery Hosts LeFrak Conference Exhibits". National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education Newsletter. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  27. ^ "Arthur Szyk Returns to Poland". The Warsaw Voice. 29 June 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  28. ^ "Board of Directors" (PDF). The Arthur Szyk Society Newsletter. 14: 2. Fall 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 4 March 2016.

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