Biographical Information

Born March 11, 1934, St. Paul, MN; died January 27, 2009, New York City
U.S. Army 1958–60
Married 1959; with three children
Residences: Tuscany 1958–66, New York City 1966–2009, Tuscany 2000–2008


BA, Philosophy and Literature, St. Mary’s College, Winona, MN
Graduate work, English Literature, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Solo Exhibitions

1969 Star Turtle Gallery, NYC
1970 “Portraits,” Swarthmore College
1971 98 Greene Street Gallery, NYC
1972 98 Greene Street Gallery, NYC
1973 “Collages,” Fischbach Gallery, NYC
1976 “Nude Portraits,” Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1977 Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1979 “Fresco Portraits,” Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1980 “Recent Work,” Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1981 “New Works,” Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1983 “Homeplate,” a storefront environment, NYC
1984 “New Work,” The Red Studio, NYC
1986 “New Collages and Ceramics,” Homeplate, NYC
1991 “New Frescoes and Ceramics,” Homeplate, NYC
1993 “Drawings, Frescoes, and Ceramics,” Homeplate, NYC
1995 “Landscapes and Ceramics,” Homeplate, NYC
2000 “New Paintings,” Donahue/Sosinski Gallery, NYC
2002 “Collage Paintings,” Donohue/Sosinski, NYC
2003 “Landscapes,” CUE Art Foundation, NYC
2004 “Painter among Poets,” Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC
2006 “Retrospective,” First Floor Gallery, NYC
2008 “Then Our Why: Poems and Paintings,” Douglas Dunn Studio, NYC
2011 “George Schneeman in Italy,” Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco
2014 “Zig Zag Jag,” Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC, 2014
2014 “A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman,” Poets House, NYC, 2014

Group Exhibitions

1968 Star Turtle Gallery, NYC
1972 “Male Nudes,” School of Visual Arts, NYC
1975 Fischbach Gallery, NYC
1975 Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1976 Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1978 “Painting and Sculpture Today,” Indianapolis Museum of Art
1979 “Small Is Beautiful,” Albright College, Reading PA; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
1979 “Poets and Painters,” Denver Art Museum
1980 Audrey Strohl Gallery, Memphis, TN
1980 “Poets and Painters,” William Rockhill Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City, MO
1980 “Poets and Painters,” La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art
1980 27th Annual Exhibit, Bayonne Jewish Community Center, Bayonne, NJ
1981 “Be My Valentine,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
1981 “Out of New York,” Root Art Center, Clinton, NYC
1981 “Alternatives in Retrospect, 1969–1975,” The New Museum, New York
1981 Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1982 “Intoxication,” Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York
1983 Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1983 “New York Artists,” Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
1983 “New York Now, ” Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany
1984 The Red Studio, Holly Solomon Gallery, NYC
1985 “The Drawing Center Show,” Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
1990 Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ayers Gallery, Orlando, FL
1991 “Poets and Painters Collaborations,” Brooke Alexander Gallery, NYC
1991 “The Tree,” Elysium Gallery, NYC
1993 Scream Gallery, NYC
1993 “Fresco: A Contemporary Perspective,” Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY
1993 “Fresco,” Parsons School of Design, NYC
1994 “Fresco: A Contemporary Perspective,” Boston College, Boston, MA
1995 Jacklight Gallery, NYC
1998 “A Secret Location on the Lower East Side,” Berg Collection, New York Public Library
1999 “Invitational Exhibit of Painting and Sculpture,” American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC
2000 “175th Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, NYC
2000 Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2000 “Remembering Rudy,” Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC
2001 Donahue/Sosinski Gallery, New York, NYC
2001 Banner exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2004 “Poetry and Its Arts,” California Historical Society, San Francisco
2009 “Portraits of Poets,” National Arts Club, NYC
2010 “Poems and Pictures,” Center for the Book Arts, NYC
2010 Museum of Printing History, Houston; Western New York Book Arts Center, Buffalo
2011 “Painters and Poets,” Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC
2012 “Poems & Pictures,” Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago
2012 “Comedy, Seriously,” Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine

Public Collections

Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Colby College Museum of Art
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Art
The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Berkeley Art Museum
Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College

Private Collections

John Ashbery
Donald Hall
Frank Gehry
Yvonne Jacquette
Bill Berkson
Peter Schjeldahl
John Moore
Betty Woodman
Estate of Holly Solomon
Anne Waldman
Ron Padgett
Kenward Elmslie
Red Grooms
and many others

Monographs & Catalogues

Bill Berkson, George Schneeman, CUE Foundation, 2003
Ron Padgett, ed., Painter among Poets: The Collaborative Art of George Schneeman, New York: Granary Books, 2004
Bill Berkson, George Schneeman in Italy, Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco, 2011
A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman, ed. Bill Berkson & Ron Padgett, Poets House, 2014

Selected Articles and Reviews

Carter Ratcliff, “George Schneeman at Star Turtle,” ARTNews, Dec. 1969
William Corbett, “George Schneeman in Quattrocento Manhattan,” Modern Painters, Winter 2000
Richard Armstrong, “George Schneeman, Artforum, Jan. 1984
Ted Berrigan, “George Schneeman at Holly Solomon,” Art in America, March 1980
Joe Fyfe, “George Schneeman Collaborations at Tibor de Nagy,” Art on Paper, Nov./Dec. 2004
Renato Barilli, “George Schneeman at Holly Solomon,” Domus, May 1983
Ron Padgett, “Finishing Touches,” Ocular, Spring Quarter, 1980
“K.H.” “Sexy Pots” Paper Magazine, Feb. 1985
"G.M.," "Local Plunder,” SAY! Oct. 1986
Christine Temin, Review of “Fresco: a Contemporary Perspective,” Boston College Museum of Art, Boston Sunday Globe, July 20, 1994
Unsigned, “George Schneeman/Nancy Mitchnick” The New Yorker, Nov. 17, 2003
Thomas M. Disch, “Gallery Going” [review of CUE show], The New York Sun, Oct. 30, 2003
Eric Holzman, review of First Floor Gallery in ARTSEEN column, The Brooklyn Rail, Nov. 2006
Margalit Fox, “George Schneeman, 74, Poet-Artist, Dies,” New York Times, January 30, 2009

Collaborative Works with Poets

With Bill Berkson: approximately 25 mixed media works on illustration board
With Bill Berkson and Tom Clark: approximately 20 mixed media works on paper
With Ted Berrigan: approximately 50 mixed media works on illustration board, three silkscreen prints, and three handmade books
With Michael Brownstein: six mixed media works on illustration board
With Ron Padgett: approximately 150 works on paper, illustration board, and canvas, eight silkscreens, two handmade books, 10 ceramic pieces, and a slide show of his poem “Cufflinks” with 80 drawings
With Anne Waldman: 20 mixed media works on illustration board and paper
With Larry Fagin: approximately20 mixed media works on illustration board and paper
Many other mixed media works with Peter Schjeldahl, Tom Clark, Dick Gallup, Lewis MacAdams, Alice Notley, Harris Schiff, Elio Schneeman, and Tom Veitch

Book Art

Arrive by Pullman (Paris: Générations, 1978), with Ron Padgett
Homage to Allen G (New York: Granary Books, 1997), with Anne Waldman
In the Nam What Can Happen? (New York: Granary Books, 1997), with Ted Berrigan
Sweet Pea (London: Aloes, 1971), with Ron Padgett
Yodelling into a Kotex (Granary, 2002), with Ron Padgett
Ted Berrigan (Cuneiform Press, 2009), with Bill Berkson
Cover art and drawings for books by Frank O’Hara, Paul Auster, Bill Berkson, Jane Kenyon, Ted Berrigan, Larry Fagin, Dick Gallup, Samuel R. Delaney, Michael Brownstein, John Giorno, Peter Schjeldahl, Anne Waldman, John Wieners, Lewis Warsh, Steve Katz, Alice Notley, Ron Padgett, and many others

Teaching Experience

1963–65 Italian language and literature, SUNY Buffalo Program Abroad, Siena, Italy
1979–81 Fresco painting, Skowhegan School, Skowhegan, ME
1983 Fresco painting, Tyler College, Philadelphia, PA
1985 Fresco painting, Parsons School of Design, NYC