Vita

David Halpern
620 East Barcelona Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505-0323, Phone and FAX: (505) 983-0877

Personal: Born July 26, 1936, Nashville, Tennessee. Attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, 1954-56. Received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, 1958. Married 1958-1996 to Judith Weinstein of Nashville, TN (deceased). Two married sons-Alan (b-1/1961) and Lee (b-7/1962), four grandsons. Married Sue Guterman of Tulsa, OK, October 25, 1997.

Career: First exhibited photographs made in 1951. Pursued career in advertising, marketing and public relations, 1958-73. Late in 1973 began working as professional photographer and writer. Adjunct instructor in photography at the University of Tulsa, 1975. Photography instructor at Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, 1974-77. Member of the Education Committee of Philbrook, 1978-83. Photography instructor, Visual Communications Department, Oklahoma State University, Okmulgee, 1990-91. Past president and President Emeritus of the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa. Member and twice chair of the Visual Communications Advisory Committee, Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee; member of the advisory committee to the photography program at Tulsa Technology Center, life member of the American Society of Media Photographers. Member of the Tulsa Historical Society's Tulsa Hall of Fame. Numerous publication and workshop credits (as instructor).

Areas of concentration: Landscape and nature photography (digital)

Recognition, Exhibitions, Publications (In chronological order):
(Most art gallery shows have been eliminated from this vita.)

1974

· First public exhibition of personal photographs, The Cremer Gallery, Tulsa.
· Seventh Annual Exhibition of Prints Drawings and Crafts, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock.
· One-man exhibit, Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Cache, Oklahoma.

1975
· Thirty-fifth Oklahoma Artists Annual, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa.
· Article, Oklahoma's Granite Parkland published by the Sierra Club Bulletin, (national publication)

1976

· Thirty-sixth Oklahoma Artists Annual, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa.

1977

· Two prints purchased under the GSA's Art-in-Architecture program for permanent exhibition in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building, Oklahoma City. (The first time photographs had been included in such a purchase.)
· One-man exhibitions, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Museum of the Great Plans, Lawton, OK and The Museum of the Great Prairie, Altus, OK.

1978

· One-man exhibition, Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

1978-79

Only Oklahoman selected for the Mid-America Arts Alliance juried exhibition (traveling 5 states) and publication, "Twelve Photographers, A contemporary Mid-America Document".

1979

· Group exhibition (Including Ansel Adams' Portfolio III) opened the gallery of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

1980

· Produced all the contemporary architectural photography for the book, Tulsa Art Deco, An Architectural Era, 1925- 1942.

1981

· Exhibit of photographs from Tulsa Art Deco, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa.
· Gold Awards from the Art Directors Clubs of Tulsa and Kansas City for Tulsa Art Deco.

1983
· One man exhibit, Viewpoint Gallery and guest lectures at Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

1984

· Artist in residence, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
· Exhibit of photography by faculty and former faculty, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa.

1985

· Artist in residence, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

1986

· Photographs from Tulsa Art Deco chosen for exhibition, Ornamental Architecture Reborn: A New Terra Cotta Vocabulary, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
· Artist in residence, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

1987

· Two photographer exhibition at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery, University of Tulsa, (OK).
· Artist in residence, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
· One-man exhibition of Rocky Mountain National Park photographs, National Park Service regional headquarters, Denver, Colorado.
· Appointed by the Tulsa City Commission to serve on the City's Architect Selection Committee.

1988

· One man exhibition of Rocky Mountain National Park photographs, Main Interior Department Building, Washington, D.C.
· Exhibition of 36 Cibachrome prints from the original transparencies made for Tulsa Art Deco commissioned by Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa.
· Group exhibit in the Governor's Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City.
· Artist in residence, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
· Featured portfolio, Oklahoma Today magazine, Nov/Dec. issue. (Lowell Thomas award for travel photography)

1988 -1998

· Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational, Tulsa, OK

1989
· One-man exhibition, East Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City.
· Artist in residence, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, Colorado.
· Received individual artist grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa to help complete a nine-year photographic study of the architecture of the Boston Avenue Methodist Church, Tulsa.
· One-man exhibition, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, Oklahoma City.

1990

· Artist in residence, Glacier National Park, Montana
· One man exhibit, Conoco Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Okmulgee.

1991

· Artist in residence, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

1992

· Artist in residence, Glacier National Park, Montana

1992 (-98)

· One-man Exhibition, By a Clearer Light, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service (traveling to 40 venues):

April 24 - June 7, 1992: Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver
April 28 - June 7, 1992: Bartlesville Community Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
May 1, 1992 - September 1993: Glacier National Park, MT
September 10, 1992 - October 10: Walter Arts Center at Holland Hall, Tulsa, OK
October 12, 1992 - November 30: International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 15 - Mar. 31, 1993: Los Paisanos Gallery, Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, TX
The following scheduled through Exhibits/USA, division of the Mid-America Arts Alliance
September 1-22, 1993 - Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Texas
October 3-24, 1993 - Tulsa Junior College, Tulsa, Oklahoma
November 4-30, 1993 - The Skokie Heritage Museum, Skokie, Illinois
January 28 - February 21, 1994 - University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
March 5 - April 27, 1994 - The Schiele Museum, Gastonia, North Carolina
May 8 - July 5, 1994 - Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts
July 18 - August 18, 1994 - Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
September 1-28, 1994 - Daviess County Fine Arts Council, Gallatin, Missouri
October 10-24, 1994 - Rutgers University Student Center, New Brunswick, NJ
November 4 - 30, 1994 - Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio
January 28- February 21, 1995 - Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
March 5-26, 1995 - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
April 6-27, 1995 - RioFest, Harlingen, Texas
May 8-29, 1995 - Goodland Arts Council, Goodland, Kansas
June 9-July 5, 1995 - McHenry County Conservation District, Ringwood, IL
July 18-August 18, 1995 - Hastings Museum, Hastings, Nebraska
September 1-22, 1996 - Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY
November 4 - 30, 1996 - Piedmont College Art Dept., Demorest, GA
December 15, 1995-March 26, 1996 - Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ
April 6-April 27, 1996 - Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
May 8-29, 1996 - High Plains Art Center, Sidney, NE
June 9-July 5, 1996 - Campbell County Rockpile Museum, Gillete, WY
July 18-August 18, 1996 - Western New Mexico University Museum, Silver City, NM
Sept. 1-November 30, 1996 - Santa Paula Union Oil Museum, Santa Paula, CA
April 8-May 20, 1997 - College of Eastern Utah, Prehistoric Museum, Price, UT
June 2-30, 1997 - Alliance for the Varied Arts, Bullen Center, Logan, UT
August 1-September 13, 1997 - Peteetneet Academy, Payson, UT
October3-31, 1997 - Braithwaite Gallery, University of Southern Utah, Cedar City
November 14-December 5, 1997 - Prairie Arts Unlimited, Larned, KS
March 5-26, 1998 - International Photography Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, OK
June 9-July 5, 1998 - River Valley Pioneer Museum, Canadian, TX
Sept.-Oct., 1998 - San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Antonio, TX.
November, 1998 - Firehouse Gallery of the Del Rio (TX) Council for the Arts.

 

1993

· July 20 - June 1994 - Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Tulsa Art Deco, prints from the Philbrook Collection
· September-Artist in residence, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, Colorado

1994

· January- exhibition of new work in the Conoco Gallery, Oklahoma State University, Okmulgee, OK
October- Artist in residence, Acadia National Park, Maine

1995-1996

· (Beginning in June, 1995)-Solo exhibition Prairie Landsmen, The Jews of Oklahoma, at the Fenster Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK. A selection of images from the photographer's ongoing documentary project, funded by grants from the Oklahoma Museums Association, the Tulsa Jewish Federation Foundation, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and other private contributions.

1996
· Juror's Choice Award, Mayfest Invitational Gallery, Tulsa.
· (June) Guest Artist, Oklahoma Arts Institute. Quartz Mountain State Park.

1997

· Juror's Choice Award, Mayfest Invitational Gallery, Tulsa

1999

By a Clearer Light became a permanent part of the National Park Service collection and is held in the archives at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

2000

· January 26-February27, Kirkpatrick Galleries at the Omniplex, Oklahoma City, OK, Exhibition of
Prairie Landsmen, The Jews of Oklahoma
· Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational Gallery
· Conducted photography workshops in The San Juan Mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, during June and August
· Traveled and photographed in New Zealand and Australia

2001

· April15 - May 15: Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Tulsa Art Deco, prints from the Philbrook Collection
· Republication of the book, Tulsa Art Deco, December, 2001)

2002

· Received a Gold Award for the book, Tulsa Art Deco, from Graphex 33, the Regional Competition sponsored by the Art Directors' Club of Tulsa.

2003

· Assumed role of acting administrator of The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK, A full-time volunteer position that continued until January 2004.

2004

· Inducted into the Tulsa Historicasl Society's Hall of Fame.

2005

· Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational Gallery
· Traveled and photographed in China

2006

· April: Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition Exhibition at Tulsa Performing Arts Center gallery
· Tulsa International Mayfest
· September: Selected images from Prairie Landsmen at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa
 
2007
 
· Published Pilgrim Eye, a semi-biographical hard-bound book chronicling my work as a landscape photographer from 1952 to the present. (Gneissline Publishing, ISBN: 987-0-9788165-0-6)
· February: Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, OK - Prairie Landsmen
· March: Exhibition Pilgrim Eye at the Pierson Gallery, Tulsa, OK
· April - June: Exhibition Pilgrim Eye at the Circle Cinema, Tulsa OK
· Tulsa International Mayfest
 
2008
 
· March 10 - May 4, Solo exhibition in the North Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City
 
2009
 
· Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational Exhibition
· November 4 - 23, Photography of Art Deco Architecture (group exhibit), Gallery of the Tulsa Performing Art Center
 
2010
 
· Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational Exhibition
 
2011
 
· Tulsa International Mayfest Invitational Exhibition
 
2012
 
ยท Exhibition of personal favorites, Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK Sept. 4 - Oct. 29
 
2013
 
· Art of the National Parks, an exhibition benefitting the National Parks Conservation Association, David Cook Galleries, Denver, CO, Sept. 19 - October 31
 
2014-2015
 
· Artist-in-Residence, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico (through 2015)
 
2016
 
· Images from Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Verve Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM February 19 through April 16.
 
2016-2017
 
· The Essence of Place, Celebrating the Photography of David Halpern, Gilcrease Museum (Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art), Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 22, 2016 through December 31, 2017.
 

Partial List of Collections

Public:

National Park Service
Acadia National Park, Maine
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, CO
Glacier National Park, Montana
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, Oklahoma City
The Gershon and Rebecca Fenster Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building, Oklahoma City
(destroyed in 4/19/95 bombing, but restored to the GSA's collection in 2000)
The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Shalom, Nashville, Tennessee
Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Tulsa

Corporate:
Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa, OK
Facet Enterprises, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Natural Gas Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Also many private collections

Gallery representation:

The Pierson Gallery, Tulsa, OK

Box Set Gallery

 

 

Supplement to Vita

I am frequently asked about my background in advertising, marketing, and public relations. This information was excluded from the attached vitae for brevity's sake and because many people do not find it relevant to my current activities. On the other hand, it is valuable experience, and while I often wish I had made an earlier transition to photography, I place great value on the lessons learned during earlier years.

Although some of the firms with which I worked between 1956 and 1971 no longer exist under the same corporate names, I list them all.

1956: (Student "internship") Doyne Advertising Agency, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee
June, 1958 - February 1960: Cullom & Ghertner Company, Nashville, Tennessee (printers/lithographers). Last position: advertising manager
March 1960 - September 1960: Savage, Stanford, Hamilton & Kerr Advertising, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, account executive
October 1960 - December 1961: Dawson & Daniels Advertising, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, account executive, writer, production assistant
1962-1964: Mullican Company (advertising agency). Louisville, Kentucky, account executive. Primary account responsibilities: Louisville & Nashville Railroad, U. S. Steel Homes, Div., United States Steel Corporation
1964 campaign: United Appeal and Community Chest, Louisville, Kentucky, Public Relations Director
1965-1967: Market Research Associates, Division of Zimmer, McClaskey, Lewis, Inc. (advertising), Louisville, Kentucky. Last position, director of MRA and vice president of ZML
1968-1972: Gardner Advertising Company, St. Louis, Missouri, associate research director, later account executive assigned to Ralston Purina pet food brands, and finally writer/producer assigned to Ralston Purina, Sun Oil Company of Philadelphia and Zebco Division of Brunswick Corporation

More recent business activity

From 1972 to 1997-in additional to my fine art pursuits-I practiced commercial photography, free-lance writing and creative consulting under the business names David Halpern/Photographer and Halpern & Associates.
In 1998, the business' name was changed to CCS, L.L.C. and its primary emphasis became creative consulting. David Halpern Photography Workshops and David Halpern/Creative Communication Services functioned under this umbrella until my retirement in 2001.

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