March 06, 2017

Acclaimed artist Florence Putterman recently donated 1,630 pieces of her artwork to be held in Susquehanna University’s Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

Putterman’s donation includes works on paper featuring monotypes, lithographs, etchings, silk screens, woodcuts and mixed media. Six prints from the collection are framed and permanently displayed in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

In addition, 10 of Putterman’s works on paper from a previous collection have been installed in Weber Chapel. Several prints already hang in Selinsgrove Hall, home to administrative offices including that of the president.

“Over the past 60-plus years, Florence Putterman has enhanced our lives as an artist, painter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher,” said President L. Jay Lemons during a reception held in honor Putterman and her gift. “It is wonderful to see the walls of the university transformed through Florence’s vision and talent.”

Putterman has gained an international reputation as a postmodern painter/printmaker noted for the narration that she injects into her quasi-abstract, surreal depictions of animals, sea creatures, birds and humans coexisting in riotous, sometimes edgy, harmony.

She taught in the Department of Art at Susquehanna University for many years as an adjunct and in her later years invited students to her home to tour her studio and provide sound advice to budding artists.

Putterman earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1947 and went on to earn her master of fine arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973. She later received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Her pieces have been featured in more than 100 solo and group art exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Her work is included in more than 75 museum, corporate and university collections, and in many hospitals and other not-for-profit spaces through gifts from the Florence Putterman Foundation.

Putterman’s work has been featured in the collections of such notables as the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Chicago Art Institute and many others.