biography of Alfred D CRIMI (1924)

Birth place: San Fratello, Italy

Addresses: New York, NY

Profession: Painter, instructor, writer

Studied: Nat. Acad. Design; life drawing with Ivan Olinsky, Beaux Arts Inst.; Preparatory School Ornamental Arts; fresco painting & Pompeian encaustic with Prof. Venturini Paperi, Rome, Italy.

Exhibited: MOMA,1936;AIC 1936; WMAA,1938, 1946; MMA,1952-53; First Int. Exhib. Liturgical Art, Trieste, Italy, 1961. Awards: Mainstream Int., Marietta College, Ohio, 1969 & 1970; top purchase award, Butler Inst. Am. Art, 1969; gold medal of honor, Audubon Artists, 1971; NYC WPA Art" at Parsons School Design, 1977"

Member: Audubon Artists (pres., 1951-52, chairman admission committee, 1969-72); Allied Artists Am. (board of directors, 1947-72); Art Commission City New York; Am. Watercolor Soc.; College Art Assn. Am.

Work: Norfolk (VA) Mus. Arts & Sciences; Butler Inst. Am. Art, Youngstown, OH; Columbia (SC) Mus.; Library Congress, Washington, DC. Commissions: fresco, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York, NY, 1935-37; fresco, section painting & sculpture, Post Office Dept., Washington, DC, 1937-38; oil mural, section painting & sculpture, Northampton, MA, 1938-39; mosaic, commissioned by New York Board Education, Einstein Jr. H.S., 1966-67 & Adlai Stevenson H.S., 1968-69.

Comments: Preferred media: oils, watercolors. Positions: mural decorator, Barnett Philip, New York, 1928-32; consultant, Meyer & Frank Dept. Store, Portland, PA, 1931-32; field artist, Sperry Gyroscope Co., Lake Success, NY, 1942-45. Publications: author of articles in Am. Artist, 1/1947 & 2/1962. Teaching: instructor of drawing & painting, City College New York, 1947-53; instructor of advanced drawing, Pratt Inst., 1948-51; instructor of painting, Penn State Univ., 1963; also instructor, lecturer & critic, colleges & universities, 1944-.

Sources: WW73; Ernest Watson, Making of fresco," Am. Artist (Oct 1941); "Mechanical brains" (artist's drawings of war machinery), Life Magazine (Jan 21, 1944); Carrie Timpane (photographer & collab.), "The making & fascination of fresco painting (color film), 57-59; New York City WPA Art, 23 (w/repros.)"