Burton Silverman

Burton Silverman has been painting and exhibiting in galleries and museums for more than 60 years. He has had 36 solo shows across the country including venues in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Maine, and Nashville. His work has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions including those at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC), the National Academy of Design (New York City), the Mexico City Museum of Art (Mexico), the Royal Academy of Arts (London), and the Butler Midyear Annuals.  

He is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the American Society of Portrait Artists, the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Portrait Society of America, and the Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center. The National Academy Museum has honored him with nine prizes, including the Ranger Purchase Award in 1983 and 1965. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art University (San Francisco) in 2002. Silverman will be presented with a Living Legend Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 American Masters exhibition at the Salmagundi Club.

 Silverman’s paintings are represented in 31 public collections, including the Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AR), the Brooklyn Museum (New York City), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, CT), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Denver Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). His work is included in numerous private collections both in the United States and Europe.

 A Columbia University graduate, Silverman has lectured in museums and university graduate programs on 20th-century realism since 1993 and written articles for magazines and newspapers on similar subject matter. Silverman’s art has been the subject of articles and reviews in more than 25 venues, and his four books are still sought after on Amazon. His commissioned portraits have included both private and institutional subjects.

 Silverman is represented by Haynes Galleries (Franklin TN and Thomaston ME) and Total Arts Gallery (Taos, NM).