Tobey The Man

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Tobey workiing on MacArthur Mural

        Photograph of Tobey working on one of six murals for the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, VA. In this Mural of  Surrender on the Missouri, Tobey painted a total of 52 portraits from photographs of all the people who were aboard the vessel at the time. Photo: American Artist, May 1976.

Tobey with one of his Curvilinear paintings

          In a style that is in stark contrast to that of his representational work seen in his murals and historical paintings, Tobey's "Curvilinear" paintings have been exhibited extensively in The United States, South and Central America and in Europe.

Yale School of Fine Arts, B.F.A. & M.F.A.
Phi Alpha [Yale Honor Society] President

Taught at:
Yale School of Fine Arts
City College, New York City
92nd St. YM-YWHA, New York City

Hudson River Contemporary Artists - President Emeritus
National Society of Mural Painters - President Emeritus
Artists Equity of New York - President Emeritus
Mamaroneck Artists Guild - President Emeritus
International Arts Association - Past Vice-President


Connecticut Academy of Art
League of Present Day Artists
Fine Arts Federation
American Society of Contemporary Artists
Metropolitan Arts Association
Who Was Who in American Art

Museum Permanent Collections:

Smithsonian Amer. Art Museum; Wash, DC
The National Portrait Gallery; Wash, DC
Ntnl. Mus. Amer. Illustration; Newport, RI
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Wadsworth Athenaeum; Hartford CT
Museum of E. Tennessee History, Knoxville, TN
Norfolk Museum; Norfolk, VA
Museum of the City of NY; NYC
NY Historical Society; NY
The National Arts Club; NYC
Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum; NYC
West Point Museum; West Point, NY
J.L. Lewis Museum of Mining & Labor, Lucas, IA
MacArthur Memorial; Norfolk, VA
Jewish Museum; NYC
Met Opera Museum; Lincoln Center, NYC
Hillandale Museum; Chadds Ford, PA
Goshen Hall of Fame; Goshen, NY


PWA Mural Award, 1939
Westchester Society Merit Award
Edwin Abby Mural Award, 1965
Grumbacher Awards, 1982, 1985
Westchester Council for the Arts, 1987
Lindner Memorial Award, 1992


Tazewell Museum; Tazewell, VA
16 Chief Justices; St. Paul, MN
Signing of the Constitution; St. Paul, MN
Roots of Thomasville; Thomasville, GA
Intrepid Sea, Air, Space; New York, NY
Smithsonian Museum (2); Washington, DC
California Bank, Rockefeller Center; NYC
American Bureau of Shipping; NYC
Council on Fitness; Washington, DC
U.S. Post Office; East Hartford, CT
MacArthur Memorial, (6); Norfolk, VA
Falstaff Mural; St. Louis, MO
Three Murals for Saudi Arabia; Jidda, SA
History of Transportation; Hartford, CT
Project 400 (14 Murals); Chadds Ford, PA
Evyan Perfumes/Cheseborough; NYC
Campbell Avenue Library; E. Hartford, CT
Eastchester Town Hall; Eastchester, NY
Liebowitz Family (2); New York, NY
Roots of Westchester County; White Plains, NY


LIFE Magazine
Iconagraphy of Stradivari
American Artist
Readers' Digest
Epic of Man - Life
The Plate Collection Magazine
Birds of Tikai - Museum of Natural History
The World Book Encyclopedia
Man and Power - Western Publishing
The Golden Book of American History
(in 12 volumes - 300 paintings by Tobey)

Corporate collections:

ABC TV; New York, NY
Charles Pfizer Co.; New York, NY
Readers' Digest; Pleasantville, NY
Ciba-Geigy; Ardsley NY
American Cyanamid; Bound Brook, NJ
General Foods Corp.; White Plains, NY
Evyan Perfumes; New York, NY


Albert Einstein
Pope John Paul II
Ronald Reagan
Charles Pfizer
Golda Meir
Alexander Calder
Cardinal Cooke
Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins
Robert Merrill
E. Ronald Harriman
Robert Frost
Douglas MacArthur
Alfred DelBello
Robert Merrill
John L. Lewis
Charles Picker
John F. Kennedy & Robert Kennedy

Government & other projects:

Neuberger Museum; Purchase, NY
Dept. of Commerce; Washington, DC
Amer. Machine/Foundry; White Plains, NY
President's Council on Fitness; Wash., DC
Yonkers Professional Hospital; Yonkers, NY
Iona College; New Rochelle, NY
NYU Law Library; New York, NY
Jewish Community Center; White Plains, NY
Instituto Norteamericano del Arte; Mexico
American Center; Stockholm, Sweden
Amer. Bureau of Shipping; New York, NY
The National Academy; New York, NY
St. Patrick's Cathedral; New York, NY
St. Francis Hospital; Hartford, CT
Elmira College; Elmira, NY
Hofstra University; Long Island, NY
Murray Av. School; Larchmont, NY
Mercy College; Dobbs Ferry, NY

Limited editions:

Royal Doulton Plates; London, England
Lucien Picard; New York, NY
Scafa Tournabene; West Nyack, NY
Numa, Ltd.; Akron, OH

International collections:

Copenhagen, Denmark; Minori, Italy;
Jerusalem, Israel; Lima, Peru;
LaRochelle, France; Stockholm, Sweden;
Athens, Greece; Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Guatemala City, Guatemala;
Mexico City, Mexico; Tepotzian, Mexico

One Man Shows:

Mari Gallery; Woodstock, NY
American Center; Stockholm, Sweden
Alliance Galleria; Copenhagen, Denmark
Cape East Gallery; Provincetown, MA
Pietrantoni Gallery; New York, NY
Bridge Gallery; White Plains, NY
Mamaroneck Artists' Guild; Larchmont, NY
Silvermine Artists Guild; New Canaan, CT
Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano; Mexico
Galleria Satellite; Mexico City, Mexico
Alan Brown Gallery; Hartsdale, NY
Burliuk Gallery; New York, NY
Katonah Gallery; Katonah, NY



One Man Shows: (continued)

Portrait Gallery; Westport, CT
Charles Mann Gallery; New York, NY
Casa de Aquarella, Mexico City, Mexico
Monserrat Gallery; New York, NY
Larchmont Art Gallery; Larchmont, NY
Jewish Center; New Haven, CT
Alice Tully Hall; Lincoln Center, NYC
Riverside Museum; New York, NY
Westchester Art Society; White Plains, NY
Byways Gallery; Sarasota, FL
Byways Gallery; Bar Harbor, ME
Gladstone Gallery; Woodstock, NY
Bloomingdales; White Plains, NY
Jalapa Festival, 1993
Art on Tour; 2-year traveling show

Group shows:

University of Delaware; Newark, DE
University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
Trinity College; Hartford, CT
Yale School of Fine Arts; New Haven, CT
Sara Lawrence College; Bronxville, NY
Bennington College; Bennington, VT
University of Maine; Orono, ME
Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center; NYC
Lever Brothers; New York, NY
Broome Street Gallery; New York, NY
Artists Equity Gallery; New York, NY
Mamaroneck Artists Guild; Mamaroneck, NY
Hudson River Museum; Yonkers, NY
Westchester Art Society; White Plains, NY
Silvermine Guild; New Canaan, CT
White Plains Library; White Plains, NY
Larchmont Library; Larchmont, NY
Radison Hotel; Mexico City, Mexico
Hammond Museum; North Salem, NY
Union Carbide; New York, NY
Mitsikushi; Tokyo, Japan
National Art Gallery; New York, NY
Gloucester, MA
Manchester, VT
Newport, RI



(Book references and articles on Alton Tobey & his work -- many more will be added in the future.)


2005 - Davenport, Ray Davenport's Art Reference: The Gold Edition.
2005 - AskART.com Inc. - Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor).
2005 - The Artists Bluebook 2005.
2004 - McGowan, Alison C (Editor). Who's Who in American Art.
2003 - Mann, F. & Keller C. (essay) American Society of Contemporary Artists.
2003 - FeBland, Harriet (editor). ASCA: American Society of Contemporary Artists.
1999 - Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor). Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975.
1996 - Kornhauser, Elizabeth Mankin. American Paintings Before 1945 in the Wadsworth Atheneum.
1994 - Kalfatovic, Martin R. The New Deal Arts Projects.
1989 - Castagno, John. Artists as Illustrators - An International Dictionary with Signatures and Monograms, 1800 to the Present.
1986 - Jaques Cattell Press. Who's Who in American Art - 1986.
1986 - Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor) Who Was Who in American Art - Artists Active 1898-1947.
1948 - Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge. Index of Artists International Biographical. (2 Vols).


Inca Skull Surgery Mural
in The Smithsonian Torch, Washington DC; No. 14, March, 1966.
The Roots of Westchester Mural in The New York Times, Westchester Journal; June 1, 1984.
Retirement Unthinkable in Suburban Newspapers; December 11, 199_.
Biography of Thomasville Mural in The New York Times, Westchester Weekly; Sunday, July 25, 1993.
East Hartford Mural article by Kevin Maywood in The Journal Inquirer n/d.
Tobey's PWA Work in The Aircraft Journal, September 1942.
History of Ships Mural article by Kathy Beals in Gannett Newspapers.
Cultural Mutilation Mural article in Arts In Review, n/d.
Studio for Tobey in The Ursuline Review, October, 1984.
Roots of Westchester Mural,in The New York Times, Westchester Weekly, May 5, 1985.
Roots of Westchester Mural article by Ian T. Macauley; in The New York Times, n/d
People on the Move article in Westchester Spotlight, January 1983.
Commentary by Raymond E. Tubbs, rstorer of the Hartford Mural - 3 pages September, 1977.
Suburban People article in Gannett Suburban Newspapers, July 13, 1993.
Alton Tobey: The Artist by Eve Medoff in American Artist magazine, May, 1976.
Malaren Tobey article by Paul Raae in Berlingske, May 1974.
The Curvilinear Career of Alton S. Tobey by John Matuszak in Illustration magazine; Fall, 2007 (#20) pp. 58-77.

This is only a partial list. There are an additional 150+ newspaper and other periodical articles that have not yet been indexed .

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