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Louis Wolchonok
Date: 1898–1973
Remarks: Louis Wolchonok was born on January 12, 1898, in New York City. He studied at the Cooper Union Art School, and attended the night school of the National Academy of Design while he was getting his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the College of the City of New York where he graduated in 1919. Shortly thereafter, Wolchonok joined the faculty of City College, teaching mathematics there until 1924, and again from 1939 to 1960. When he visited Europe in 1924, he enrolled for a time at the Academie Julian in Paris. Within several years, his watercolors were reproduced in Century Magazine. In 1932, Wolchonok began a twenty-five year teaching career in painting and drawing with the Craft Students League in New York. Two years later Wolchonok started singing in New York's Dessoff Choirs, a vocation he continued for the next forty years. When he resumed teaching at City College, he became an associate professor in drafting at the School of Technology, finally retiring in 1960. Wolchonok had eleven one-man shows in galleries across the United States. He was a member of the Society of American Etchers, the New York Water Color Club, the New York Society of Craftsmen, and the Brooklyn Society of Artists, His work is represented in such collections as the Cleveland Museum, the Toledo Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. An author as well, Wolchonok's Design for Artists and Craftsmen, first published in 1954, is now in its twentieth printing. Other books include Art of Three Dimensional Design (1959) and Art of Pictorial Composition, published in 1961. He also designed jewelry. The Wolchonoks resided in New York City and summers were spent in Woodstock, New York. He died on August 7, 1973.