Eugene Massin (1920-2003)

fullsizeoutput_dc7Eugene Massin (1920-2003). Untitled, 1956. Oil on wood panel, 39 x 36 1/2 in., 40 x 37 1/2 in. (frame). Signed and dated lower right.

Birth place: Galveston, TX

Addresses: Coconut Grove, FL

Profession: Painter, educator

Studied: AIC; Univ. Chicago (B.F.A., 1948); Escuela Univ. Bellas Artes, Mex. (M.F.A., 1949); 1st asst. to David Alfara Sequeiros, Mexican muralist.

Exhibited: MMA, 1953; WMAA, 1955; Art USA Invitational, 1959; Am. Fedn. Art traveling exhib., 1962; Southeastern Ann., Atlanta, Ga., 1964. Awards: humanities award, Univ. Miami, Fla., 1964 & 1971; artist-in-residence, Univ. WVa., 1966; research award, Esso, 1971.

Work: Brandeis Univ., Boston, Mass.; Lowe Mus., Univ. Miami, Fla.; Escuela Univ. Bellas Artes, Mex.; Ringling Mus., Fla; Norton Gal., Palm Beach, Fla. Commissions: mural, acrylic on acrylic sheet, Cafritz Co., Wash., DC, 1965-66; mural, acrylic/canvas, City Nat. Bank of Miami, Fla., 1966; mural, acrylic sheet (with Julia Busch), City Nat. Bank of Miami Beach, Fla, 1972; mural, acrylic, Southern Gen. Builders Inc., 1972; painting of Fla., World Book Encyclopedia, 1972.

Comments: Preferred media: acrylic sheet. Positions: pres, AEA, 1955-58, founder, Fla Chap.; adv., Arts Coun., 1960-64; adv., Cafritz Found. for Arts, Wash., DC, 1966; juror, Nat. Scholastic Art Awards, 1971. Teaching: instr., Univ. Wis., 1949-50; instr., Univ. SC, 1952; prof., Univ. Miami, Fla., 1954-. Publications: contribr., Art Techniques, Reinhold, 1965; “Lucite Spectrum,” Du Pont Co Mag., 1967-68.

Sources: WW73; biographical movie developed for educ. TV, Miami, Fla., 1967-68; Julia Busch, “A Painter’s Plastic Sculpture,” Art J. (1970); Thelma Newman, Plastics as Design Form (Chilton, 1972).