Carol Heifetz Neiman

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Carol Heifetz Neiman
Born 1937
Chicago, Illinois
Died 1990
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Education School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Alma mater Newcomb College, Northwestern University, University of Southern California
Movement Feminist art movement, Modernism, Realism, Surrealism, Xerox arti
Spouse(s) Lionel Margolin (divorced)

Carol Heifetz Neiman (1937 – 1990) was an American artist who was a member of the feminist art movement of the 1970s, known for her surrealist and xerox art. She also created etchings, and worked in pencil, pastels, and mixed media and was a painter.

Early life[edit]

Carol Margolin was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1937 to Benjamin Neiman and Lillian Heifetz.

She married Lionel Margolin in 1957. They first moved to New York for his medical residency at Bellevue Hospital, where Ms. Neiman taught 8th grade art class in New York. They moved to Los Angeles in 1961, and had two children.

As standards changed for taking a husband's name in marriage, Carol Heifetz Neiman's name changed from Carol Margolin, to Carol Neiman-Margolin until her divorce in 1980; then to Carol Neiman, and finally adopting the matrilineal Carol Heifetz Neiman.



Carol studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended Newcomb College in New Orleans, at Northwestern University, and the University of Southern California with many artists, such as Francis de Erdely, George Cohen, Ida Kohlmeyer and J. L. Steg.


In 1965, Neiman worked primarily in oil and pastel. She moved to a studio space in 1968, and in 1972, Neiman founded Art/West Fine Arts Center, a co-working collaborative in West Los Angeles that provided studio space for several artists. In 1973, Neiman—as Carol Neiman-Margolin—held a two-woman show, "This Venice," with Carol Quint at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History on material from Venice Beach, California.

Prior to the LAMNH show, Neiman's work was shown under her name Carol Margolin at venues including Santa Monica College, Womanspace, Oklahoma Art Center, Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Butler Institute of American Art, Kent State University, and the Audubon Artists Society in New York. At that time her work was in the collection of the California State University and Colleges.

The LAMNH show completed a transition from previous work that was in a style of either realism or modernism to work that was often feminist in subject matter and increasingly surrealist in style. Neiman also had a one-woman show at the Brand Museum, integrating details of the physical location with revelations about femininity.

Neiman was an early experimenter in the realm of technology-assisted art, with a series based on color Xerox art combining iterations of xerox and prismacolor pencil.[citation needed]

Homewrecked Series: What is This Thing Called Love c. 1988, color xerox

Neiman also began experimenting with Computer art using a Tandy computer in the late 1980s.

In 1987, her work was selected by the International Society of Copier Artists to join a traveling exhibit based in Bologna, Italy.

In 1989, Neiman was included in Exposures, Women & Their Art:[1]

In 1990, Neiman was a recipient of the Vesta Award from The Woman's Building. [2]

[Surrealists] endeavored, according to Breton, to make manifest that certain point for the mind from which life and death, the real and the imaginary, the past and the future, the communicable and the incommunicable, the high and the low cease being perceived as contradictions." Carol Neiman is a contemporary surrealist. Breton's words could serve as a canny description of the mental states depicted in her complex and often unsettling compositions.

Involvement in Feminism[edit]

Neiman was involved in events regarding the visibility of women artists. In 1986, Neiman was a co-coordinator of the artists Women Artist Visibility Event (WAVE).[3]

Neiman was President-elect of the Women's Caucus for Art at the time of her death in 1990.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Betty Ann (1989). Exposures, Women & Their Art. NewSage Press, Pasadena, CA. ISBN 0-939165-11-2. 
  2. ^ "Woman's Building: History Timeline, 1987-1991". Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  3. ^ DUBIN, ZAN (September 25, 1986). "'Unseen' Artists To Create A Scene". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  4. ^ "WCA Past Presidents". National Women's Caucus for Art. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Website: Neiman Studio [1]