Mitchell Siporin

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Mitchell Siporin (1910–1976) was a Social Realist American painter.[1][2]


Mitchell Siporin was born in New York City to Hyman, a truck driver, and Jennie Siporin, both immigrants from Poland,[3] and grew up in Chicago.[2][4] He did illustrations for Esquire and other magazines. Beginning in the mid-1930s, Siporin worked as a painter for the Illinois Art Project through the Works Progress Administration[5]. Together with Edward Millman, he painted "the largest single mural project awarded for a post office by the Section of Fine Arts" in the Central Post Office in St Louis, Missouri.[4]

In late 1943 he was deployed as a sergeant in the Army Artist Unit, where he served alongside Rudolph von Ripper. He sent back drawings and watercolours from North Africa and Italy.[6]

He married Miriam Tane in Manhattan to November 9, 1945.[7] In 1949, he won the Prix de Rome in painting.[4]

In 1951, he founded the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University.[8] In 1956, he became the first curator of the Brandeis University Art Collection.[8]

He was Jewish.[9]


Additional works by Siporin can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago[10], the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City[2] and Albert G. Lane Technical High School in Chicago.[11]

In 1947 his painting End of an Era won the Logan Medal of the Arts at the 51st Annual Exhibition in Chicago.[12]

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  1. ^ Ted Rall, Attitude: the new subversive political cartoonists, Syracuse, New York: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing, 2002 [1]
  2. ^ a b c "Oakton Community College biography". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  3. ^ 1930 United States Federal Census
  4. ^ a b c Abram Leon Sachar, Brandeis University: A Host at Last, Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, 1995, p. 157 [2]
  5. ^ "Mitchell Siporin | Artists | Modernism in the New City: Chicago Artists, 1920-1950". Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  6. ^ The Army at War: A Graphic Record by American Artists. United States. War Finance Division. 31 December 1943.
  7. ^ New York City, Marriage Indexes, 1907-1995
  8. ^ a b Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Painting in Boston, 1950-2000, Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002, p. 204 [3]
  9. ^ Irving Cutler, The Jews of Chicago: From Shtetl to Suburb, Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1996, p. 146 [4]
  10. ^ "Mitchell Siporin | The Art Institute of Chicago". Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  11. ^ "Albert G. Lane Technical High School". Chicago Historic Schools. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  12. ^ "51st Annual Exhibition" (PDF). Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 3 February 2015.