Thomas Cornell


Amherst College, B.A., 1959
Yale University School of Art and Architecture, 1959-60


Bowdoin College, Maine; Professor, 1962 - present
           Richard E. Steele Professor of Visual Arts, 2001 - present
New York Drawing Association (currently the New York Academy of Art),
           Founding Advisor, 1982
Princeton University; Lecturer, Visual Arts Program, 1969-71
Massa Lubrense, Italy (Sorrento); taught and directed Summer Art School, 1967
University of California, Santa Barbara; Instructor in Art, 1960-62


Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 1993
President, Union of Maine Visual Artists, 1991-1992
Maine Arts Commission, Artist in Residence Program, Portland School of Art (Maine College of Art), Portland, ME, 1990
Elected to the National Academy of Design, 1984 
Ford Foundation Grant (for the study and illustration of Euripides' Bacchae), 1969-70
Fulbright Grant awarded by the Institute for International Education, 1966
National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship (currently the National Endowment for the Arts), 1966-67
Grolier Club, New York; elected to membership; exhibition and lecture, 1966
Archive established, Yale University Library (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library), CT, 1965
Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The National Institute of Arts and Letters; exhibition, May-August 1964
Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, 1961
New England Drawing Competition:  First Prize, Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, 1960
New Haven Winter Show:  First Prize, Drawing, 1960


Lecture: University of Southern Maine, sponsored by the Philosophy Department; Aesthetics & Ethics Are One:  Depicting a Just Political Vision, December 2
Public Dialogue with William Geoghehan: Bowdoin College, ME; Nietzsche & Plato:  On Art, Philosophy and Religion, December 9
Essay:  Valuing Nature:  The Imperative of Being, from "Valuing Nature:  A Set of Papers Resulting From The Shipman Workshop," Bowdoin College ( PDFpdf
Lecture: Bowdoin College, ME; On "Nature" and "Good," An Artist"s Reconciliation of Aesthetics and Ethics; October 1
Lecture: Amherst College, MA; Naturalism and the Good
Lecture: Bowdoin College, ME; Valuing Nature:  An Artist's Perspective
Museum Talk, The Four Ages, Portland Museum of Art, ME; September 20
Maine Alliance for Arts Education keynote address (March 7) Nature in the Arts & Humanities
Lecture:  The New York Studio School, New York, NY; January 18
Lecture:  The Alliance of Figurative Artists, New York, NY; Considerations of Classicism; March 14-21
Lecture:  University of Iowa; April
Lecture:  Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, Februay 20; sponsored by the Graduate Arts Students Union
Lecture:  The Alliance of Figurative Artists, New York; Sentiment, Content and Narration; April 7
Lecture:  Queens College, Queens, NY, April 26
Essay:  "Magical and Scientific Aspects of Drawing," Bowdoin College student publication
Maine Public Broadcasting Network, radio interview by Neal Peterson, Portland ME:  Politics and Art
Director of first conference of Union of Maine Visual Artists; paper:  The Realistic Use of the Creative Impulse
Lecture: Stanford University in Germany, Beutelsback, February
Curated, designed, and wrote exhibition catalogue, "The Function of Printed Images," University of California, Santa Barbara


"Ethan Frome," color etching of Edith Wharton, Ascensius Press; Portland, ME, 2001
"Voiceprints," Romulus Editions, by poet David Walker with five etchings, 1989
Tragos Press established 1964 by Cornell has published:
           Frederick Douglass, Broadside
           William Lloyd Garrison, Broadside
           Bayard Rustin, Broadside
           A Letter to Aaron Tarr, Civil War Letter
           Composed for Dying, poems by David Walker
           Frederick Douglass, small book
"The Defense of Gracchus Babeuf," including 21 etchings; Gehenna Press; Northampton, MA, 1964
           Published by the University of Massachusetts Press, 1967
           Published by Shocken Books, 1971
"The Monkey," Smith College Press; edition of 60; 1959


1998    Portrait painting of Jane deLacy Kinkel
1992    Cover reproduction for Reader's Digest, A New Planting  (June)
1984    Commission of a series of paintings (The Four Ages)
          by John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company
          for installation at the Hancock Center, Boston
1981    Portrait painting of Dean Quarles for the Virginia Engineering Foundation
1980    Cover, Illustration and Design for "The Imaginary Witness:
          The Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse," by Morton Schoolman
1979    Portrait painting of college president Roger Howell, Bowdoin College, ME
1977    Portrait drawing of Harry Dent for Dent Neurological Institute, Buffalo, NY
1971    Magazine cover commissions: 
          The Center Magazine, Center for the Study of Democratic
          Santa Barbara, CA; July/August: 
          The Lessons of Vietnam and May/June 1972: The Liberation of Women
1970    Commission of 300 bronze plaques of Dionysos,
          purchased by J. Walter Thompson, Inc., New York, NY
          Commission of Bronze Plaque and Drawings by
          the Walt Whitman Society, NJ
1968    Commission to make bronze plaque to be awarded
          by the Maine State Commission on the Arts and Humanities
1966    Print edition commissioned by the International Graphic Art Society
          Portrait drawing and sculpture of Joseph Hirshhorn
1964    Portrait drawing of Senator David Graham, Maine
1961    Portrait drawing of Chancellor Cheadle,
          University of California at Santa Barbara


1997    G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
1990    Bowdoin College Museum of Art, ME
          Catalogue with essay by Martica Sawin
1989    G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
1986    G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
1981    A.M. Sachs Gallery, NYC
1980    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA
1979    A.M. Sachs Gallery, NYC
1977    Barridoff Galleries, Portland, ME
1976    Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
1971    Bowdoin College Museum of Art, ME and Princeton University, NJ
          Catalogue with essay by Marvin Sadik
1965    Yale University Library (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library), CT


178th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NYC
Group Shows, Potter & Slack Fine Art, Marbledale, CT
The Spirit of New England, Potter & Slack Fine Art, Marbledale CT
The Perception of Appearances: A Decade of American Contemporary Figurative Drawing, Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA
The Pervasive, yet Elusive, Dionysos, Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick ME
176th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NYC
Focus on the Collection:  Recent Acquisitions, Paul Creative Arts Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Eighteen Alumni Artists, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst MA
Notations of Color:  Oil Sketching in Maine, Bates College, Maine
172nd Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NYC
Group Exhibition, G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
171st Annual Exhibition (juried), National Academy of Design, NYC
Context Considered, Perspectives of American Art, Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick ME
Maine Artists, The Blaine House, Augusta ME
Group Show, J.S. Ames Fine Art, Belfast ME
Flora, Fauna, & Firearms, G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
Director's Choice, The Arkansas Arts Center, AR (Townsend Wolff)
Town and Country, curated by The Museum of Modern Art, General Electric, N.Y.
Portraits:  Artist and Sitter; Selections from the Burk Collection, University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham ME
Group Show, G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
Men Working, curated by Charles Parness at G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
168th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NYC
Anniversary Exhibition, Portland Museum of Art, July 25 - October,
(including the inaugural exhibition of Four Ages commissioned and donated by John Hancock Corporation)
American Works on Paper, G. W. Einstein, NYC
Expedition Maine, Sherry French Gallery (NYC), Tenant's Harbor, ME
Pertinent Dissimilarities: The Figure, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
Art of Maine: A Bounty of Woods and Water, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
Personal Choices: An Invitational Exhibition, G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
Against the Grain 1960 - 1990: Images in American Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PA
The 166th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NYC
New Work, G.W. Einstein Co., NYC
Selections from the Reed College Art Collection, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, OR
Artists' Gardens, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ
Preparatory Drawings, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
The Modern Pastoral, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery Ltd., NY
Self Portraits, John Szoke Gallery, NY
The Landscape Observed, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
American Painting After the Death of Painting, Kuznetsky Most, Moscow USSR (First Group Exhibition of American Art in the Soviet Union, curated by Donald Kuspit in association with the U.S.S.R. Artists Union)
Coming of Age:  Twenty One Years of Collecting, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
The Figure, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR (catalogue essay by Townsend Wolfe)
The Face of the Land, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PA
Utopian Visions, curated by The Museum of Modern Art, Pfizer Inc., NY
Studied From Life: Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, Bayly Art Museum at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Utopian Visions, curated by the Museum of Modern Art, American Express, NY
Painting Exhibition, G. W. Einstein Co., NY
Aspects of Contemporary Realism, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Contemporary Still Life Painting, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery Ltd., NY
Twentieth Century American Drawings - The Figure in Context, International Exhibition Foundation Traveling Exhibition
Contemporary Still Life Painting, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery Ltd., NY
46th Annual Midyear Show, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Out of New York, Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Invitational Group Exhibitions, Artists' Choice Museum, Dintenfass Gallery, New York
Great Portrait Drawings, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Toward a Revival of Classicism II, Tatistcheff &  Company, NY
Figures, University of Maine, Augusta
Group Exhibition, The Thomas H. Bayly Memorial Building, University of Virginia Art Museum
30 Years of American Printmaking, Brooklyn Museum, NY
Living American Artists & The Figure, Pennsylvania State University
Painters as Printmakers, Museum of Modern Art, NY
Young New England Painters, Ringling Art Museum, Sarasota, FL