STERLING BOYD STRAUSER (American, 1907-1995)

Sterling Strauser was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He began painting in 1926 in a near impressionist style that later evolved into a powerful Klee-like modernism. Still later his style softened into what one collector of his work termed "romantic American expressionism." He was also an illustrator for "Mademoiselle" magazine and "Unicorn-A Magazine of Poetry." Fellow artist, Russian David Burliuk, a member of the Blaue Reiter group in Munich, said of Strauser: "It is amazing to find a self-taught artist in a quaint little provincial village painting like the masters in the great art centers of the world." With his wife, Dorothy, he was a collector and promoter of folk art, and for many years was a teacher, office manager, and supervisor of the boiler works at the Pocono, Pennsylvania public schools. Many of his sketching trips were into the Pocono Mountains. In 1996, a retrospective show was held at the Lyzon Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. The most recent exhibition of his work, "A Modernist Revisited," was held at the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania from November 27, 1999 through Feb. 27, 2000.

 

Studied

with George Keller

Bloomsburg State College, BA

 

Exhibited

Salons of America, 1934

Art USA, New York City, 1958

Everhart Museum, 1958 (award)

Municipal Art Gallery, Davenport, Iowa, 1959

Lehigh University, 1961

William Penn Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1973

Worthington Avenue Gallery

 

Member

Folk Art Society of America

Delaware River Gap Arts Association (annually awards the Sterling Strauser Award)

Zimbalist Gallery, New York City, 1939

Shawnee-on Delaware, Pennsylvania, 1990s

Lyzon Gallery, Nashville, TN, 1996 (retrospective)

“A Modernist Revisited,” Reading Public Museum, Pennsylvania, 2000

 

Work

Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

American Museum in Britain, Bath, England

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Cigna Museum, Philadelphia

East Stroudsburg University College of Art

Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia

The White House, Washington, DC

Many corporate collections

 

References

Falk, Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975

Lyzon Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

Reading Public Museum, Sterling Strauser, A Modernist Revisited

Dunbier (ed.), The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005

Bowker, Who’s Who in American Art 1993-94, 20th Edition

Jaques Cattell Press, Who’s Who in American Art 1986

Jaques Cattell Press, Who’s Who in American Art 12th Edition