<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/179341776″>Harvey Breverman</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/jonrhand”>Jon R Hand</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
BPF Founder’s Note: Professor Harvey Breverman trained and inspired my mother, during her college and graduate school years at the University of Buffalo. His name was spoken in my parents’ house with the unusual reverence of which the Old Masters are spoken. A huge Breverman that my father gave to my mother when she turned 29 years old, hung in our living room. We shared our space with a congressional assembly that gazed out at us and held us to expectations of greatness. Professor Breverman didn’t know me, but he was an ever-present part of my childhood. A few weeks ago, when I called to ask if I could include his art on the Big Picture Foundation website, I had an odd feeling that I had connected with someone who wasn’t of the world in which I live.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, 1934
BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University
MFA from Ohio University.
He has taught at Illinois State University; University of Michigan; University of Indiana; Skidmore College; Maryland Institute; Oxford University’s Ruskin School, England; Pont Aven School of Art, Brittany; and is currently Distinguished Professor, SUNY, Buffalo. He lives and works in Buffalo, NY.
“Many of Breverman’s works document the UB intellectual community. A partial list of luminaries featured in his tableaux include Michel Foucault, Samuel Beckett, James Goodman, Bruce Jackson, Susan Howe, Endi Poskovic, Raymond Federman, Robert Creeley, William Kennedy, Carl Dennis, Leslie Fiedler, W.S. Merwin, Allen Ginsberg, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Diane Christian, John Barth, John Ashbery, Jim Dine, Sigmund Abeles, Adrienne Rich, Alice Walker, Tom Wolfe and R. B. Kitaj.
In addition to his work as an artist, Breverman has been hailed as a teacher, receiving the prestigious Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association in 2003. This national award acknowledges Breverman’s unique teaching methods, which are grounded in his experiences as a practicing artist, attesting to his life-long devotion both to his art and his students.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BFA) and Ohio University (MFA), Breverman has been a faculty member in the UB Department of Art since 1961.
Breverman has exhibited his work in New York, Toronto, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, Paris, Bologna, Moscow, Basel, Barcelona, Cracow, Belgrade, Rome, Milan, Vienna, Honolulu, Tokyo, Caracas and Rio de Janeiro. His works are in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The British Museum, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, The Israel Museum, Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, National Academy Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art.”