Pioneer constructionist sculptor and painter Harriet FeBland passed away on July 1, 2018. A New York City native, she was educated at Pratt Institute and New York University then relocated to England and France where she gained an international reputation early in her career, exhibiting at the Musée D'Art Moderne, Paris, and Alwin Galleries and the Drian Gallery, London. She married and had two sons while in London then returned to the United States after 11 years abroad.
An endlessly curious artist, Ms. FeBland studied graphics with Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris in the '70s and '80s and has through the years been recognized for her mastery of the monotype, having won many awards and distinctions. She also produced large fiber-art wall hangings on some of the themes expressed in her paintings.
Despite her long and accomplished career, Ms. FeBland vividly remembered the outright discrimination she experienced early on as a woman artist trying to gain recognition and opportunity in a male-dominated art world. Always actively involved in promoting women's equality in the arts both for herself and her colleagues, she appeared in many high-profile discussion groups and art shows in the 1970s on the issue. Notable exhibitions of the era she participated in were: Women in Art, Brainerd Art Gallery, SUNY Potsdam, 1972 in which she showed with such luminaries as Marisol and Beverly Pepper, and Women Choose Women, New York Cultural Center,1973 in which prominent women artists chose artists to show with whom they respected and admired.
She taught art at New York University, and from 1963 to 1993 operated the Harriet FeBland Art Workshop, which offered master classes in painting for advanced students and presented workshops at Bennington College; London University, UK; Iona College; College of New Rochelle; Santa Fe Art Institute and elsewhere in the U.S. She was past President of New York Artist Equity Association and Past President/President Emeritus of the American Society of Contemporary Artists; she also served as Secretary for the American Art Committee, United Nations 1978-81.