Harvey Dinnerstein has been painting and exhibiting for the past seven decades. He has taught generations of students dedicated to the figurative tradition.
His book, Harvey Dinnerstein: Artist at Work, with text by the artist, was published by Watson-Guptill in 1978. Chronicle Books published a new monograph on his work, Underground Together: The Art and Life of Harvey Dinnerstein, with an introduction by Raman Frey and Wendi Norris, and essays by Pete Hamill and Gabriel P. Weisberg, in 2008.
In 1994, Mr. Dinnerstein was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio. In 1998, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
His numerous awards include Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grants, 1948, 1961; National Academy of Design, Ranger Purchase Award, 1976; Allied Artists Gold Medal, 1977; Audubon Artists President’s Award, 1978; American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, 1974, 1978, 1987; and Classical America, Arthur Ross Award, 1983. In 1974, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Design.
His work is in many private, corporate and museum collections, including the Lehman Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center; the University of Texas; the Palm Springs Desert Museum; Chase Manhattan Bank; Keyspan Energy; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
This class works from the nude and clothed model, with poses generally lasting three weeks.