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Marvin Beerbohm Portrait

Marvin Beerbohm

Born:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1908

Died:
North Olmstead, Ohio 1981

Active in:

  • Detroit, Michigan

Photo Caption:
Marvin Beerbohm at work on a mural in a high school in Rochester, Michigan, February 9, 1938. Unidentified photographer, from Marvin Beerbohm papers, courtesy Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Biography

Marvin Beerbohm grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where he attended the art school of the Society of Arts and Crafts from 1928 to 1932. During the 1930s he taught at the Detroit School of Art and also was employed part-time as a muralist for the Federal Art Project. He also designed and executed murals commissioned by the Public Buildings Administration, U.S. Treasury Department. Among his projects were murals for the Detroit Public Library and post offices in the Michigan towns of Knoxville and Belding. Beerbohm later taught at art schools and community centers in Michigan while continuing to paint and also execute designs for stained-glass windows.

National Museum of American Art (CD-ROM) (New York and Washington D.C.: MacMillan Digital in cooperation with the National Museum of American Art, 1996)

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At age fifteen Marvin Beerbohm moved from Canada to Detroit, where he studied art at the Society of Arts and Crafts. He began his professional career designing store window displays, but after becoming a United States citizen in 1936, he went to work as a muralist with the Works Progress Administration. He later designed stained glass windows for Detroit’s Sinai Hospital. Beerbohm remained in Michigan for most of his career, teaching art to adults while exhibiting his work in major museums across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.