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Fine Arts 361
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Deborah Rosenthal

Deborah Rosenthal, at Rider since 1989, is Professor of Fine Arts who teaches all levels and areas of the studio program, and is a curator of exhibitions for the Rider University Gallery.

She is the Faculty Advisor for the Art Society, a student-run club organizing arts events--trips, lectures, movies, guest speakers, and student exhibitions--for all interested students in the University.

Professor Rosenthal is a New York painter represented since 1984 by the Bowery Gallery there. She has had numerous one-woman shows of her paintings, drawings, and prints, at Bowery and at other venues including Yale University, Knox College, and the Kansas City Art Institute, among others. Her work has been praised in reviews and feature articles in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Modern Painters Magazine, Art in America, and on, among others. Her work has been included in major group exhibitions, including the Harnett American Print Biennial at the University of Richmond Museums, at the Huntington Museum in West Virginia, at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Francis Naumann Fine Art, and the Painting Center, all in New York City. Two stained-glass windows she designed which are permanently installed at Ansche Chesed Synagogue in New York were the subject of a PBS-TV segment featuring the artist and her work.

For her extensive writing on art, in publications including Arts, Art in America, Artforum, The New Criterion, Drawing, The College Art Journal, and Huffington Post, Professor Rosenthal received an NEA Critic’s Grant in 1980. She is the founding editor of “Artists and Art”, a series of books by and about art and artists, for Arcade Publishing in New York. Eight books are already in the series.

As a curator, she has organized exhibitions of prominent New York artists in the Rider University Gallery. She has curated a number of exhibitions in New York galleries, from “Mural Projects for New York” in 1980, to a retrospective of the French painter Jean Hélion in 2012 at the Schroeder-Romero and Shredder Gallery.

A prominent teacher of studio disciplines, Professor Rosenthal has taught painting and drawing at Stanford University, the Chautauqua Institution summer program, in the Queens College MFA program, and in the New York Studio School Drawing Marathon. She was previously on the faculties of the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York, and lectures at many colleges and art schools.

At Rider University, Professor Rosenthal teaches all levels of studio and mentors art majors headed for careers in art and design. She designed the Senior Honors thesis and directs many students in independent study in art and in their senior thesis preparations. Some of the courses she has introduced to the Rider art curriculum and teaches include Special Topics in Studio: Abstraction, Drawing and Painting the Figure, and Drawing at the Museum.

Professor Rosenthal received her A.B. from Barnard College in 1971, and studied at Smith College, the Pratt Graphics Center, and the Art Students League. She received her M.F.A. in printmaking from Pratt Institute in 1974, and studied with Ilya Bolotowsky at Queens College.

For more information about Deborah Rosenthal, and to view more samples of her work, please visit

Figure, Astride 2006, oil/linen, 30" x 40"

House-Sky-World 2006-07, oil/linen, 38 x 50"