Dora Kaminsky

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Dora D. Kaminsky
Dora Kaminsky self portrait.jpg
self portrait
Dora Deborah Kaminsky[1]

(1909-08-10)August 10, 1909
DiedFebruary 24, 1977(1977-02-24) (aged 67)[2]
Alma materArt Students League of New York
Known forSerigraph
Spouse(s)Leon Gaspard

Dora Deborah Kaminsky (1909 — 1977) was an American artist.

Early life and education[edit]

Dora Deborah Kaminsky was born in New York City in 1909.[1] As a child, she attended The Educational Alliance, followed by the Art Students League of New York. She proceeded to study in Europe in the 1930s, including in Vienna, Paris, Stuttgart, and Munich. She made money as an artists' model.[3]


Kaminsky worked at the Brooklyn Museum for three years as part of the teaching staff. In 1943 she was one of the charter members who organized the National Serigraph Society and remained a member for 13 years.[4] Kaminsky first visited Taos, New Mexico in 1944, spending every other summer before settling there in 1954. She also had a home in Delphi, Greece. She worked in Hawaii for a brief period.[3] Kaminsky was included in the 1947 and 1951 Dallas Museum of Fine Arts exhibitions of the National Serigraph Society.[5][6]

In 1958 Kaminsky married fellow Taos artist Leon Gaspard. After he died in 1964 she served as curator of retrospective exhibitions of his work held at the West Texas Museum and New Mexico Museum of Art. From 1972-73 she visited Africa and India.[3]

She worked in serigraph printing, pastel drawing, and painting.[3] Her serigraphs have appeared in such collections as the Memphis Academy of Arts, Baltimore Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum.[7]

Later life and legacy[edit]

Her awards include the National Treasury Competition Purchase Award in 1940, the Metropolitan Museum Purchase Prize in 1941[8] and the top purchase award in serigraph from the Santa Fe Art Museum.[9] She received a Wurlitzer Foundation grant for the years 1956 and 1957.[10]

She died in 1977.[1]

Notable collections[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dora Kaminsky". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  2. ^ Kovinick, Phil; Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian (1998). An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. p. 366. ISBN 0292790635.
  3. ^ a b c d High Country Profile Magazine. "Dora Kaminsky, Painter". Remarkable Women. MarkeTaos. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  4. ^ Schaefer Dentzel, Carl (1974). Dora Kaminsky : Artist, Craftsman, Innovator Reflections from a Creative Life. Los Angeles, CA: Southwest Museum. p. 6.
  5. ^ Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1947). "National Serigraph Exhibition, January 15–February 15, 1947 [Checklist]". The Portal to Texas History. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  6. ^ Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (1951). "National Serigraph Society Exhibition, April 1–May 2, 1951 [Checklist]". The Portal to Texas History. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Dora Kaminsky Serigraphs To Be Exhibited". Albuquerque Journal. March 3, 1958.
  8. ^ "Taos Has Crafts Exhibition". The New Mexican. January 1, 1961.
  9. ^ "Dora Kaminsky to Talk Monday on Textile Color". Albuquerque Journal. August 24, 1958.
  10. ^ Schaefer Dentzel, Carl (n.d.). Dora Kaminsky Artist, Craftsman, Innovator; Reflections from a Creative Life. Los Angeles, California: Southwest Museum. p. 9.
  11. ^ "The Abandoned Sluice". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 20 December 2015.

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