NICOLAI S. CIKOVSKY (Russian-American, 1894 - 1984)

Nicolai Cikovsky, painter and teacher, was born in Pinsk, Poland (now Russia) in 1894. He began his art education in Russia at the Vilna Art School in 1910. Cikovsky next studied at the Penza Royal Art School (1914-1918) and then at the Moscow High Tech Art Institute (1921-1923). Upon finishing school in 1923 he emigrated to the United States. The young artist participated in his first American exhibition that same year at New York City's Charles Daniel Gallery. Cikovsky lived, worked and exhibited in Washington, D.C. from 1936-1941. The North Sea area of Long Island became his favored place of summer residence following 1942, and his permanent home by the 1970s. It was there that he painted most of his land and seascapes and was said to have had an influence on fellow painters, Jane Freilicher and Fairfield Porter. Cikovsky passed in away in Washington, D.C. 1984.

Studied 
Vilna Art School, Russia, 1910-1914 
Penza Royal Art School, 1914-1918 
Moscow High Tech Art Institute, 1921-1923 

Exhibited
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1932-1949
National Academy of Design, New York, 1947-1949; Purchase Prizes: 1959, 1960, 1964 and Isaac N. Maynard Prize in 1964
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1932-1955, 1966
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
New York World's Fair, 1940
Art Institute of Chicago, 1931 (medal), 1932 (Harris Bronze Medal and Logan Purchase Prize),
1933 (prize), 1960-61
Downtown Gallery, New York, 1933, 1938
Corcoran Gallery, 1930-57, also a solo
Daniel Gallery, New York, 1932
IFA Gallery, solo
American Artists Congress 
Worcester Museum of Art, 1933 (1st prize)
Society of Washington Artists, 1937-1939 (medals), 1940-41
Newark Museum of Art
Glasgow Museum, Scotland
Salons of America
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Whyte Gallery, Washington D.C., 1939 (solo)
Associated American Artists, New York, 1944, 1946, 1949, 1952, 1956
Studio Gallery, solo
Washington D.C. Public Library, solo

Member 
National Academy of Design, Associate (1968) 
National Institute of Arts and Letters 
Society of Painters, Sculptors & Engravers 
Salons of America 
Society of Independent Artists 
WPA / Federal Arts Project 
John Reed Club Charles 
Artists Union 
Toledo Museum of Art

Work 
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 
Museum of Modern Art, New York 
Brooklyn Museum, New York 
Art Institute of Chicago 
St. Louis Art Museum 
Los Angeles County Museum 
Worcester Museum of Art, Massachusetts 
University of Arizona
University of Minnesota
Hirschhorn Museum
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 
W. R. Nelson Gallery, Kansas City 
Milwaukee Art Institute 
Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, D.C. 
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Montana 
Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
Smith College Museum of Art 
Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia
Newark Museum of Art
The Columbus Museum of Art 
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon 
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, Texas
John H. Vanderpoel Art Association

Teacher
Ekaterinenburg Higher Tech Art Institute, Russia, 1919-1921
St. Paul School of Art, summers 1934-1935
Cincinnati Art Academy, 1935-1936
Art Institute of Chicago, 1937
Art Students League of New York
College of Notre Dame, Maryland
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1940

WPA Murals
Department of Interior, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Post Offices in Towson and Silver Springs, Maryland

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