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biography of George AARONS (1896-1980)

Birth place: Russia

Addresses: Brookline, MA/Gloucester, MA

Profession: Sculptor

Studied: BMFA School; BAID; with Richard Brooks, Solon Borglum.

Exhibited: PAFA, 1926, 1928; Phila. Artists All., 1930; Am. Artists Congress, 1937, 1938; Second & Third Int Exhib. Sculpture, PMA, 1940 & 1949; NSS; WMAA, 1940, 1947, 1949; Inst. Contemporary Art, Boston, 1944 (third prize); Gloucester SA, 1944; Guild Boston Artists, 1945, 1946; Inst. Modern Art, 1945, 1946; Stuart Art Gal., Boston, 1946; North Shore AA, 1945, 1946; M.I.T., Cambridge, 1949; Sculpture Center, New York, 1951; Rockport Art Assn., MA, 1953 (Hayward Niedringhaus Memorial Prize); Ann. Exhib. Contemporary Am. Sculpture, WMAA, 1957, 1959; Gold Medal Exhib., Architectural League NY, 1958 (hon. mention).

Member: Rockport AA; NSS; Guild Boston Artists; North Shore AA; Boston SS; Am. Artists Congress.

Work: Mus. Art, Ein Harod, Israel; Fitchburg Art Mus., MA; Mus├łe de St. Denis, France; Hilles Library, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA; Hillel House, Boston Univ., MA. Commissions: five heroic figures & ten-foot relief, Old Harbor Village Housing Project, South Boston, 1938; reliefs, Siefer Hall, Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA, 1950; Fireman's Mem., Beverly, MA; memorial to Mitchell Frieman, Boston; USPO, Ripley, Miss.; reliefs, Cincinnati Telephone Building; reliefs, facade Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Bldg., 1956; relief, Combined Jewish Philanthropies Bldg., Boston, MA, 1965; commemorative medal, 350th Anniversary, City of Gloucester, MA, 1972.

Comments: Position: teacher, Fitchburg (MA) Art Centre. Preferred media: wood, stone, bronze & welded metals.

Sources: WW73; WW47; Abraham Kampf, Contemporary Synagogue Art 1945-65 (Union Am. Hebrew Congregations, NY); Montreal Expo '67 International Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture (1967); Israel Program for Scientific Translations, Encyclopaedia Judaica (1970).


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