Preserving the artist's heritage

Selma Bortner

Interviewed in 2001
Sponsored by Michener Art Museum
Leslie Skilton and Maureen Harvey, Docents
Gilbert Winner, Videographer
Zoriana Siokalo, Advisor

Artist's Statement:
Printmaking found me many years after art school. My earliest efforts were wrapped around Technique and manipulation of the plate. Images followed from this but never satisfied the need to express what was at my core. Ultimately, many satisfying images emerged in comments on Life, War, Agony, and other major topics of Experience. Technique, while in the background, no longer determines the print. It is my soul that is out there now.

Selected Collections:
- University of Minnesota, University Gallery, Minneapolis MN
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
- Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection, New York NY
- Manchester College Museum, Manchester MA
- Reading Art Museum, Reading PA
- San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco CA
- James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown PA
- Princeton University, Princeton NJ

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
- James A. Michener Art Museum (Retrospective), Doylestown PA
- Von Leibig Art Center, Naples FL
- Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia PA;
- Rider College, Lawrenceville NJ;
- The Philadelphia Bicentennial, Philadelphia PA
- Abington Art Center, Abington PA
- Newark Gallery, Newark DE
- Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia PA
- Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton NJ

Selected Group Exhibitions:
- James A. Michener Art Museum
- Krasdale Gallery, New York NY
- Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia PA
- Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown PA
- Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
- Pratt Graphics Center, New York NY
- The Print Club, Philadelphia PA
- The Print Club International, Netherlands
- Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Philadelphia Water Color Society, Philadelphia PA

Selected Awards:
- First Prize, American Color Print Society, 2001, 1995
- Best of Show, Von Leibig Art Center, Naples FL
- Joseph Pennell Medal, Philadelphia Sketch Club
- Alice McFadden Eyre Award, Philadelphia Water Color Club

Selected Teaching Experience:
- Professor Emeritus, Bucks County Community College
- Associate Professor, Bucks County Community College, 1978-1991

- Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University: BFA and BS
Graphic Sketch Club, Philadelphia Print Club, University of the Arts, Pratt Graphic Center, New York

Contact Information:
632 Bellflower Road
Langhorne PA 19047