The Adelphi University Exhibitions Program and Art Collection are pleased to present the recently acquired work of alumna Christine A. Schmidt. Her sister, Alice Schmidt, not only donated the 600+ works to Adelphi but curated a retrospective exhibition conveying a broad range of her art throughout the years. This exhibition, which is open to the public, will be on view in the Performing Arts Center Gallery (Second Floor) from Sunday, November 6 through Sunday, December 18, 2016. A reception, with light refreshments, will be held on Wednesday, November 16th from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
Christine A. (Alice) Schmidt was born 1 September 1932 in St. Albans, N.Y. Her education continued after graduating Sewanhaka H.S. – Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Design, both in New York City; Adelphi University in Garden City (Bachelors); and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Masters in Printmaking).
In the 1950’s and 60’s Christine was a coat and suit fashion designer in N.Y.C.; houses included “Finger & Rabiner”, “Soebel’s” and “Grioni”. Her creations were sold in “Lord & Taylor”, “Best & Co.”, “Sak’s 5th. Avenue” and “Bergdorf Goodman”. In London she designed for the “House of Wallis Austin” retailing in “Harrods”. Her coats and suits were featured and advertised in Harper’s Bazaar, Charm, Vogue, Glamour,….(In the same year three, separate, Autumn issues had Christine’s designs on their covers).
Christine’s most notable and self gratifying contributions were in education and as a watercolorist and printmaker. While securing her Bachelor’s at Adelphi (4 years at night), she taught art full time in Parochial and Public Schools on Long Island and the Lower East Side of N.Y.C. Her teaching career was 25 plus years with more than 18 at Cold Spring Harbor High School on L.I. There, she taught art, grades 7 – 12 with specialties in fine art: fashion design, printmaking and advanced painting.
During the mid to late 60’s and early 70’s “Christine’s Gallery” was on Main Street in Huntington, N.Y. displaying her etchings and watercolors and working after hours with students. The Gallery’s move to Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine (Arcadia National Park) was in Spring 1971. Only operational summers until 1985 when Christine left teaching and permanently relocated to Maine and was devoted full time to her paintings, etchings and retailing.
In her lifetime she created over 250 limited edition (50 – 150) linoleum and zinc plate etchings with completed series of 100 plus.
Christine’s abstract, non-objective and realistic paintings numbered well over 2000. Her mediums concentrated on: watercolors, acrylics,casein, charcoal, pencils with additions of colored tissue papers, salt, sand, melted cray-pas; anything that suited her fancy. She sold originals to selected clients. Thousands of “Artist Print” (mechanical reproductions) are in all 50 states and worldwide with heavy concentrations in Europe. She was nominated and received in “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in American Women” and “Who’s Who in the World”.
She traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe, living abroad for several years. All her work was produced on site and from photographs she took. In her off time Christine was an avid non-fiction reader, stressing past and contemporary history.
Christine died 26 June 2009 having positively influenced 3500 students and lovers of fashion and fine art world wide.
Performing Arts Center Gallery
Sunday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.