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Murray Dessner

Murray Dessner

Philadelphia, PA

Murray Dessner

Murray Dessner (1934-2012) was a painter of large scale, luminous, non-objective acrylic works on canvas.  He studied at the Fleisher Art Memorial and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he later taught for many years.  The Pennsylvania Convention Center acquired two of Dessner’s works, Decades and For Tomorrow.

Dessner's other works are included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, the Cornell Fine Arts Center Museum at Rollins College, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Picker Gallery at Colgate University, and in many other public and private collections.

Fast Facts

Name: Murray F. Dessner


Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA

Four-Year Certificate – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia PA

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Hobson Pittman

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Van Gogh

Favorite materials or media:
Acrylic paint on canvas

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Full Professor as well as Appointed Faculty Critic in the Certificate and Masters Programs

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Somerville Manning Gallery – Greenville, Delaware

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