Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia, an Italian born creative, was a sound art sculptor, furniture designer, and modern artist. Born in 1915, he later traveled to Detroit on a family trip to visit his older brother and decided to stay and make a name for himself. He enrolled in Cass Technical High School, where he studied design and learned the art of handmade jewelry making. He continued his education in the arts at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, later earning a scholarship with the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he encountered many other up and coming artists such as Ray and Charles Eames. He worked with many mediums throughout his life, including furniture making and sound art, and was highly regarded as a sculptor.

Selected Solo exhibitions

1943 The Guggenheim Museum
1943 Cranbrook Academy of Art
1943 Nierendorf Gallery
1945 San Francisco Museum of Art
1952 Knoll Associates
1956 Smithsonian Institution
1957 American Federation of Arts
1961 St. Paul Arts Center
1975 Allentown Art Museum
1975 Olympia Galleries
1977 Marshall University
1978 Grieg Hall, Norway
1999 Allentown Art Museum
2001 Kennedy Galleries
2001 Cranbrook Art Museum
2006 Reading Art Museum
2009 Pordenone Art Museum
2014 Bowling Green State University Art Gallery
2014 Montana State University

Selected Public Collections

The Whitney Museum of American Art
Walker Art Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
National Gallery of Art
Miami Art Museum
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Flint Institute of Arts
Dallas Museum of Art
Art Institute of Chicago