Johan Sellenraad  

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Born and grew up in the Netherlands.   At age 15 moved to the US.       

Education:    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA in Drawing and Painting and MFA in Painting and art history from the University of Chicago.   

Taught:    Painting, Drawing, Figure Drawing, Design & Art History at Roosevelt University, Chicago;  Painting at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago;

Figure Drawing at Parsons School of Design, NYC ;  and Drawing, Painting & Art History at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University.                     

Lives & works in New York City and Milanville, PA.     



1999 & 2006     Delaware Valley Arts Alliance Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY  - “Johan Sellenraad-Paintings”

2003                  Caelum Gallery, Chelsea, NYC   -  “Johan Sellenraad - Painting is Back”

2000                  Long Island University,  Brooklyn -  “Johan Sellenraad - "Heads & Then Some”

1990                  Wayne State U., Detroit -  “Johan Sellenraad -  Preliminary Work; Flint Sit-Down Strike Monument.”

1979                  David Findlay Gallery, NYC   “Johan Sellenraad - Utah Paintings”

1974                  Whitney Museum of American Art  -  “Johan Sellenraad; the Brooklyn Bridge; City Hall to Water Street.” 

1971                  Long Island University, Brooklyn -  "Ann Series"

1964                  John L. Hunt Gallery, Chicago  - “Johan Sellenraad - Paintings”



2018 DVAA Loft Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY - “The Model Show” & “Art in the Sixes”

2018-2023          Brooklyn Historical Society, Dumbo, Brooklyn NY - "Waterfront"  

2017                   DVAA Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY - "Duets"

2015-2018          DVAA Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY - Multiple Group Shows.

1996-2015          Nutshell Arts, Lake Huntington, NY - many major Group Shows.

2000                   Galerie GEE’71, Netherlands “Three New York Artists”

1999                   Denise Bibro Gallery, Chelsea, NYC “Invitational”

1995                   Wickers Gallery, SoHo, NYC “Group Show”

1985                   Jayne Baum Gallery, Tribeca, NYC “Myths & Gods”

1985                   Riverside Gallery, NYC “Public Art, WPA to the Present”

1883                   Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY “The Great East River Bridge, 1883-1983”

1979                   Cooper Union Gallery, NYC “Large Scale Paintings” 

1979                   World Trade Center, NYC “GSA Mural Projects”

1978                   Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY “Personal Visions”    

1978                   Plaedes Gallery, NYC “the CCF Artists Project”

1977                   University of Bridgeport, CT.  “the Figure in Drawing” 

1977                   26 Federall Plaza & US Courts, NYC“OIA, Art in Public Places”

1976                   Boston University Gallery, MA “America ‘76 - Source Material”

1976-78              “America ‘76” exhibition, sponsored by the US Department of the Interior, shown at:

                                                   The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC., 

                                                   Fort Worth Art Museum,

                                                   High Museum, Atlanta,

                                                   Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT.,       

                                                   Minneapolis Institute of Arts,                  

                                                   Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston,     

                                                   Milwaukee Art Center,    

                                                   San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,    

                                                   Brooklyn Museum.


1965-73         Allan Frumkin Gallery, NYC,  “Nude Now”

                      141 Prince Street Gallery “Group Show”


1960-65         Art Institute of Chicago,   Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago,   Hyde Park Art Center, 

                      John L. Hunt Gallery,   BC Holland Gallery,    Adele Rosenberg Gallery, 

                       Loft Gallery,   University of Chicago,   De Paul University, 

                       University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee,   and the Illinois Institute of Technology.



1991         (City of) Phoenix Arts Commission, Phoenix, AZ - at Royal Palm School -

        A 13’ x 44’ mural celebrating the history of Phoenix.  

        An outdoor work consisting of a man made island with an concrete block structure

        that supports the mural, a functional amphitheater, planting and irrigation rerouting.    

        Designed and painted by the artist, with various contractors for the building parts.    


1987         City of Flint, MI and the United Auto Workers Union - in Downtown Flint park.

        An outdoor Monument commemorating the 1936 Flint Sit-Down Strike.

        Includes a concrete factory style structure with four 8’x11” ceramic tile murals,             

        concrete replica 1936 Chevy seats and bronze hinges used as strike ammunition.    

        Made in collaboration with Powabic Pottery of Detroit and various contractors. 


1981         Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), NYC -         (a CCF Artists Project).

                 A ceramic tile mural for the “Clark Street” subway station in Brooklyn,     

                 an early subway station renovation In collaboration with ceramicist Joe Stallone. 


1980         Long Island Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY-       (a CCF Artists Project)

                “Brooklyn Industrial Buildings 1850-1920” , a documentary watercolor drawing series.


1974         US Department of Interior - “Canyonlands” a 7’x14’ painting commission for              

                “America ‘76”  a Bi-Centennial Exhibition shown in 9 coast to coast Museums.



Smithsonian sponsored “Art & Labor Conference” Detroit Institute of Art, 1990

“Urbanology Conference” Wayne State University, Detroit, 1989

Various panel discussions on Public Art, NYC, 1980s

Public Artist, Cultural Council Foundation Artists Project, NYC, 1978-1980

Co-Founder & Exhibitions Director, Organization of Independent Artists, NYC, 



National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, 1975.

Artist-in-Residencies: National Parks, Palisades Park, Floyd Bennett Field and Lexington NY.

Artist with the CETA funded Cultural Council Foundation Artists Project, NYC 1980-82



2015         “Meet Johan Sellenraad” , Zoe Hecht, Artsletter, DVAA, Sullivan County, NY

2006         “100 New York Painters”,  Cynthia Dantzic, A Schiffer Book

1996         “Sellenraad, Cibula and Kline exhibit ‘New Paintings’ at Nutshell, River Reporter.

1994         “Monument falls on hard times”, Tom Wickman, Flint Journal.

1992         “Public Art Works; The Arizona Models”, Phoenix Arts Commission.

1991         “Sellenraad Completes Mural for Royal Palm School”, Phoenix Arts.

1991         “Mural portrays Valley’s past and future” Ryan Konig, Arizona Republic.

1988         “Johan Sellenraad Solidarity Forever” Sculpture.

1988         “Sit-Down”, Art, Roslyn Bernstein, The Village Voice.

1988         “Pewabic Tiles Depict the Great Sit-Down Strike of ’36”, Jenny King, The Arts in MI.

1988         “Painting the Town Red” Ruth Eckdish Knack, Planning.

1987         “Thousands Gather to Celebrate Strike Anniversary”, Dan Shriner, Ann Arbor News.

1987          “Artist Slowly Creates Flint UAW Mural”, Greg Braknis, Flint Journal.

1987          “Non-Union Artist Making Mural Honoring UAW”, Greg Braknis, Flint Journal.

1987          “A Striking Place”, Jacqueline Boyle, Detroit Free Press.

1987          “Murals Memorialize GM’s Sit-Down Strikes”, Jenny King, The Detroit News.

1987          “Striking Art”, The Wall Street Journal.

 1986         “Placemakers”, Ron Fleming, Renata von Tscharner, Townscape Institute.

1883          “Brooklyn Bridge Turns 100”, Hank Gallo, New York Daily News.

1983           "The Great East River Bridge; 1883-1983”, exhibition catalog, Brooklyn Museum.

1981           “Art Goes Underground”, Deborah Gardner, New York Daily News.

1976           “America ‘76” exhibition catalog, US Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.

1974           “Johan Sellenraad, The Brooklyn Bridge; City Hall to Water St.”, 

                   - exhibition catalog-  Whitney Museum of American Art  with introductions essays by Marcia Tuicker and Johan Sellenraad.

1974           “New York Artist Paints His Moby Dick”, Diana Loercher, Christian Science Monitor

1974           “Gapping the Bridge”, Best Bets, Ellen Stock, New York Magazine.

1974           “Sellenraad”, Art Press. 


TV & NPR -

1991           Phoenix, AZ., TV & radio  Phoenix project coverage.

1987           Detroit & Flint, TV  Flint “Sit-Down Strike Monument” coverage.

1981           NYC, WOR-TV & WPIX-TV, “New York Apple Polishers”, Independent Network News.