The following information was provided by the artist unless otherwise noted.
Bernard Olshan, born in New York City, began his art studies at the age of eleven with H. Glintenkamp. He subsequently studied with Nahum Tschacbasov, Moses Soyer, Raphael Soyer, and Joe Solman at the American Artists School. He later studied privately with Solman.
In 1939 Olshan won the Intercity High School mural award and was commissioned to paint a mural for the Theodore Roosevelt High School cafeteria. He served in the US Army 1941-45. He then studied with Amadee Ozenfant in New York, 1945-47, and at the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere, Paris, 1947-51. In 1950 Olshan won the Emily Lowe award.
Olshan joined the Ward Eggelston Galleries and exhibited in 1952,1954, and 1958. He exhibited at the Pearl Street Gallery and the Grace College Gallery, New York Community College in 1965 and 1969 respectively. He has participated in numerous group shows throughout the years. Olshan's most recent solo shows were at the GCCA Mountain Top Gallery, Windham, NY, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1991-92.
Olshan's work has been reviewed by major newspapers and art magazines and he is listed in Who's Who in American Art and International Who's Who in Art. His work is included in The New Humanism: Art in the Time of Change, by B. Schwartz, Praeger Press, and The Artist in Society, by L.J. Hatterer, Grove Press.
Regina Stewart, Executive Director