Posted on Sep 24, 2004

Untitled {detail}, pen & india ink/paper, by Arnold Bittleman

Drawings and prints by the late
Arnold Bittleman, Union professor of art, will be on exhibit from August 26 through Oct. 10 at the Mandeville
Gallery in the Nott Memorial.

The show is free and open to the
public. Gallery hours are Monday through Sunday, 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit
or call (518) 388-6004.

A nationally renowned artist,
Bittleman (1933-1985) joined the Union
College faculty in 1966 after
teaching at Skidmore College,
Parsons School of Design, and Yale University.
He arrived at Union as the founding and only member of
the Studio Arts faculty, and was an artist-in-residence and lecturer in the
arts, initially declining the position of professor, and declining offers from
Yale to return there to teach.

Bittleman, a very popular
professor, was not interested in rank, or in the machinations of departments;
he was interested in educating students and creating art. During his 20 years
at the College, Bittleman taught drawing, painting, design, color theory,
photography, and printmaking.  He was extremely active on campus,
designing event posters, designing and advising for The Union Book,
organizing concerts, film series, and lectures. In 1970 he received tenure and
became a full professor.

His own work flowed slowly,
carefully onward, and though he often had difficulty in finishing work, he
exhibited widely and regularly.  His work was shown at numerous venues
including the Museum of Modern
Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New
York City, and the Museum
of Fine Arts in Boston.
His works are in a number of collections: the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney
Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts;
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY;
the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.; the Schenectady Museum;
the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; and many others.

Bittleman grew up in the Bronx. 
He attended James Monroe
High School and the Rhode Island
School of Design before receiving a B.F.A. (1956) and an M.F.A. (1958) from Yale
University, where he studied with
Josef Albers (about whom he later made the film To Open Eyes – on view
in this exhibition). In 1983, Bittleman was diagnosed with an inoperable brain
tumor. Despite his worsening illness, he continued to teach through the fall of
1984. He died April 7, 1985
at 51.

The show, previously at Gallery
100 in Saratoga Springs, was
curated by Rachel Seligman, director of the
Mandeville Gallery.