biography of Reuben TAM (1916-1991)

Birth place: Kapaa, Kauai, HI

Addresses: NYC/Monhegan Island, ME

Profession: Painter, educator, graphic artist

Studied: Univ. Hawaii (B.A., 1937), (fifth year cert., 1938); Calif. School Fine Arts; Columbia Univ., with Meyer Schapiro; New School Soc. Res.

Exhibited: GGE, 1939 (IBM Grand Nat. Prize); Honolulu AA, 1939 (prize), 1940 (first solo)1941 (prize); Honolulu Printmakers, 1940 (prize); Nat. Exhib. Am. Artists, 1938; VMFA, 1940, 1946; Pittsburgh Intl, CI, 1944-45, 1964, 1967; Corcoran Gal biennials, 1947-63 (6 times); PAFA Ann., 1945-54, 1962-66; LACMA, 1945; Albright Art Gal., 1946; AIC, 1946-49; WFNY, 1939; CPLH, 1940 (solo); Crocker Art Gal., 1940 (solo); Contemporary Am. Painting, WMAA, 1941-65; Downtown Gal., NY, 1945 (solo); Guggenheim fellowship, 1948; Contemporary Am. Painting, Krannert Art Mus., Univ. Illinois, Urbana, 1949-69; Am. Painting, MMA, 1953; Kerr Gal., NYC, 1970s; "Landscape in Maine, 1820-1970," Colby College Art Mus., Maine, 1970; Brooklyn Mus. Biennial, 1952 (first prize) & 1956 (first prize); Am. Acad. Arts & Letters, 1978 (Award in Art).

Member: Honolulu AA; Honolulu Printmakers; Nat. Serigraph Soc.

Work: IBM Collection; Honolulu Acad. Arts; Massillon Mus. Art; NYPL; MoMA; MMA; WMAA; BM; NMAA; Kauai Mus., Lihue

Comments: Preferred media: oils, acrylics, inks. Tam made his summer home on Monhegan Island, Maine, for many years, and also painted in Hawaii (where he was born). According to critic Montica Swain, Tam was a man of two islands." Teaching: Kauai, briefly; Brooklyn Mus. Art School, 1946-70s; Oregon State Univ., summer 1966; Oregon State System Higher Education, summer 1971.

Sources: WW73; WW47; Burrey, "Reuben Tam: Painter of the Intimate Landscape," Arts Magazine (Feb., 1958); Nordness & Weller, Art USA Now (Viking, 1962); Gussow, "A Sense of Place: the Artist & the American Land," Saturday Review (1972); Curtis, Curtis, and Lieberman, 128, 187; Forbes, Encounters with Paradise, 215, 265-66."