Born in California in 1926, George Ortman served in World War II before moving to New York to undertake artistic studies at the College of Arts and Crafts and the Hofmann School of Fine Arts. Painting is Ortman’s primary medium, and he headed the painting department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan from 1970 until 1992.
Ortman has, however, explored both sculpture and print media and worked at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1966 before working at Gemini Ltd to create a poster for his self–titled exhibition at the David Stuart Galleries, also in 1966.
Born in Oakland, California, United States of America
Studies at College of Arts and Crafts and Atelier 17, New York as part of GI Bill program; completes other studies at Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, New York; Arizona State University and the University of California, Berkeley
Studies at Acadèmie Andre Lhote, Paris
Co-chairman, Department of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York
Instructor, New York University, New York
Included in exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh and again in 1964 and 1970
Included in exhibition, Toward a new abstraction, Jewish Museum, New York
Included in exhibitions: Tokyo Biennial, Japan; 100 Years of American Art, Whitney Museum for American Art, New York and Two Decades of Geometric Abstraction, Whitney Museum for American Art, New York
Works at Fairleigh Dickinson College, New Jersey
Receives John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Completes Oaxaca suite at Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles; completes edition of Search, Gemini Ltd., Los Angeles
Wins prize for Religion in Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Solo exhibitions: Howard Wise Gallery, New York; The Renaissance Society, The University of Chicago, Illinois.
Wins first prize in exhibition, Second Annual, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Senior fellow, Princeton University, New Jersey
Head of Painting Department, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
Solo exhibition, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Awarded Lee Krasner Lifetime Achievement Award; included in exhibition, Galerie Huit: American artists in Paris 1950-52, at Studio 18, New York
Solo exhibition, George Ortman: early constructions new sculpture, at Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York
Solo exhibition, George Ortman: constructions 1949–2011, at Algus Greenspon, New York
Solo exhibition, 39 Great Jones storefront, East Village, New York; included in exhibition, 39 Great Jones, at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
George Ortman currently lives and works in New York City and Castine, Maine
Revised Julia Greenstreet, 2013
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.