Naomi Feinberg

American, 1919 - 2009
Born Naomi Levine in New York City in 1919, she grew up during the Great Depression, and was a young adult during World War II. At age 17 she met and married Sidney Feinberg, who was a writer, painter, photographer, calligrapher, and ultimately, became an award-winning book designer. As a couple, they shared a passionate love of the visual arts that profoundly shaped their lives and legacies. 
Naomi Feinberg worked creatively in needlecraft and fashion as a young woman and later turned to ceramics and ceramic sculpture, which she studied with Geraldine Peterson, Katherine Salas, and Regis Brodie. She was for many years a member of her husband’s graphic arts and design studio. She began sculpting in stone in the early 40s, and studied sculpture with Philip Darling, Jose De Creeft, and Lorrie Goulet at the New School, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Students League, and the School of Visual Arts. 
Naomi was a member of Studio 725, a consortium of women visual artists and sculptors who maintained a communal studio at 41 Union Square in Manhattan. There she met and became a close friend of Dorothy Dehner, finding mentorship and support from the renowned Constructivist sculptor. Naomi and Dorothy greatly admired each other’s artistic output, exchanging works, and a number of Dehner’s pieces bear dedication inscriptions to Naomi Feinberg. 
Naomi’s works have been presented in group and solo shows, and were represented in numerous exhibitions held by the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. She is included in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute. A relative latecomer to the art world, Naomi Feinberg emerged as highly accomplished, multi-faceted artist who juggled architectural coherence with a preoccupation with the human form, to create works that are both experimental and primitive. 
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