Art has been a part of Bernice K. Faegenburg’s life ever since she was a little girl. Through years of hard work, she turned her passion into a booming career, and is now renowned as a contemporary artist in the metro New York region. She currently uses her experiences to teach creative arts workshops, where she offers instruction in mediums like silk screen printing, digital photography, and transferring to canvas, and in her own silk screen printing service.
Additionally, Ms. Faegenburg has been participating in one-man shows since 1972. Most recently, in 2017, she hosted a show at her house in the Hamptons in association with the Artist Alliance of East Hampton and had solo shows at the Viridian Gallery and at the Graphic Eye Gallery. She has also exhibited at the St. Peter’s Church, Sarah Lawrence College, Frostburg State College, and Guild Hall, to name a few. Other notable demonstrations occurred at Concordia College, the Firehouse Gallery at Nassau Community College, the Silvermine Guild of Artists, the Parrish Art Museum, the B.J. Spoke Gallery, the Gracie Square Art Show, and the Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, as well as at the National Association of Women Artists, the Edward Williams Gallery of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Schacknow Museum. In groups, Ms. Faegenburg has had the pleasure of exhibiting with fellow artists like William Paterson Armstrong, Jenny Belin, and Marcia Bernstein. Her paintings are influenced by Asian brush painting, and have been sold to consumers in Brazil and Japan.
The highlight of Ms. Faegenburg's journey thus far was being part of the invitation-only Biennale Internazaionale Del’Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy, three different times, in 2005, 2007, and 2015. She is also proud to be represented in the permanent collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, The State University of New York, and to have been reviewed by Sheridan Sansegundo of the East Hampton Star in 1999, Helen Harrison of the New York Times in 1992, Phyllis Brass of the New York Times in 1985, Malcolm Preston of Newsday in 1982, and La Review Moderne in 1980. Further, Ms. Faegenburg was honored with the First Prize Peacock Showcase Award from the Chelsea Center of the Nassau County Office of Cultural Development in 1996, the Bell Kramer Memorial Award in 1993, the Owens Zlowe Award for Painting at the Centennial Exhibition through the National Association of Women Artists in 1989, and the Henningsen Memorial Prize in 1980. In the late 1970s, she received First Prize at the Mixed Media Manhasset Arts Association, the Grumbacher Award of Merit, and the Award for Excellence from the Long Beach Art Association. Her achievements were highlighted in the 15th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
Ms. Faegenburg prepared for her career by earning a Master of Science in art education from C.W. Post College in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University under the tutelage of Leon Kroll. She completed postgraduate studies at the Art Students League at the National Academy of Design. Further, she accrued hands-on professional experience as a teacher of children’s classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an art teacher at Philadelphia Public Schools, an art teacher to emotionally disturbed children at Roslyn Junior High School, and a student teacher at Heritage House in Philadelphia. In her community, she served as the co-president of the Long Island Artists Alliance, the president of the East Hills PTA, the chairman of the program committee for the National Association of Women Artists and a member of the International Association of Art and the Long Island Chapter of the Sumi-e Society.