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Curriculum Vitae

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Richmond Art Club
-Studied under Adele Clark and Nora Houston, 1912-1917

Art Student's League of New York
-1920, 1921-1923, 1925-1926, 1932, 1941-1942

Tiffany Foundation Fellowship
-Oyster Bay, Long Island, Summer 1932

Carnegie Fellowship
-Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Summer 1933

Steiger Paint Group
-Edgartown, Massachusetts, Summer 1937

Hans Hofmann School of Painting
-Provincetown, Massachusetts, Summer 1958


-Metropolitan Engraving Company, Summer 1919
-Staples & Staples, Advertising Agents, 1923-1925

Instructor of Art
-Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University), 1928-1935
-Westhampton College, University of Richmond, 1930-1935

Professor of Art
-Richmond Professional Institute/Virginia Commonwealth University, 1935-1969

Faculty Chairman
-School of Art, Richmond Professional Institute, 1942-1950Professor Emerita
-School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1969-2002


Richmond News Leader

-Two series of drawings, 1922, 1924

Virginia Museum Council
-Special Lecturer, 1965

University of Richmond
-Faculty/Alumni Forum, 1966

Member, First and Merchants Bank (Sovran)
-Advisory Committee for Purchasing Project, 1973

Virginia Commonwealth University Woman's Club
-Slide lecture: "My Art through the Years," 1974

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
-Designer of Christmas Cards, 1974

Virginia Commonwealth University's Oral History Program
-Participant, 1975

Occasional art lecturer and juryperson for clubs, schools, colleges, and museums


Virginia Educational Association

Virginia Art Alliance
-Vice President, 1940-1941
-President, 1941-1945

Artists Advisory Committee
-Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Chairman, 1943-1946

Richmond Artists' Association
-Vice President, 1958-1959
-Honorary Member, 1978-2002

Art Student's League of New York
-Life Member

Virginia Governmental Employees Association
-Life Member

Richmond Public Library

Boatwright Memorial Library, University of Richmond

Cultural Laureate Foundation

Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon Chapter, University of Richmond

Society for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Westhampton College Alumnae Association

Women's Club, Virginia Commonwealth University


Carnegie Fellowship
-For study at the Fogg Museum, 1933

Distinguished Alumna Award
-Recipient, one of eleven awards, Westhampton College, University of Richmond, 1964 (Fiftieth Anniversary of Westhampton College)

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Art
-Certificate of Merit, WRNL, Richmond, 1969

"Theresa Pollak Building" Dedication
-School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1971

Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art
-University of Richmond, 1973

Richmond Federated Arts Council Annual Award
-Distinguished Service to the Arts, 1976

Peer Eminent Award in the Arts
-Virginia Cultural Laureate Center, 1977

Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities
-Virginia Commonwealth University, 1978

YWCA Award
-One of Ten Most Prominent Women of the Year in Richmond, 1986

Phi Beta Kappa
-Epsilon Chapter, University of Richmond


Studio Club of New York
-First Prize, 1926

Richmond Academy of Art
-Second Prize, 1931

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Artists Biennial
-First Prize, 1939
-Certificate of Distinction, 1971

Richmond Artists' Association
-First Prize, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1975

Norfolk Museum, Irene Leache Memorial
-Purchase Prize, 1960

Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University
-Special Merit Award, "Drawing Contempo '76," 1976

Delphic Studios
-New York, New York, 1934

Anderson Gallery of Art
-Richmond, Virginia, 1936

Lynchburg Federal Art Gallery
-Lynchburg, Virginia, 1940

University of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
-Charlottesville, Virginia, 1940, 1961

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
-Richmond, Virginia, 1940, 1973

Westhampton College, University of Richmond,
-Richmond, Virginia, 1940, 1965, 1974

Farmville State Teachers College
-Farmville, Virginia, 1941

Mary Baldwin College
-Staunton, Virginia, 1951

Jewish Community Center
-Richmond, Virginia, 1960

Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University
-Retrospective, Richmond, Virginia, 1969

Washington and Lee University
-Lexington, Virginia, 1969

Limestone College
-Drawings, Gaffney, South Carolina, 1972

Virginia Intermont College
-Bristol, Virginia, 1973

Scott-McKennis Fine Arts Gallery
-Richmond, Virginia, 1979

Reynolds/Minor Gallery
-Drawings, Richmond, Virginia, 1982

Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University
-Extensive Retrospective Drawings and Paintings, Richmond, Virginia, 1986

Reynolds/Minor Gallery
-Richmond, Virginia, 1988

Reynolds Gallery
-Theresa Pollak Impressions: 1991-1992, Works on Paper, Richmond, Virginia, 1993

Reynolds Gallery
-Theresa Pollak: Selected Works 1942-1996, Richmond, Virginia, 1997


Studio Club of New York
-New York, New York, 1926

Woman's Club Foyer
-Richmond, Virginia, 1927

Dudensing Gallery
-New York, New York, 1928

Richmond Woman's Club
-Richmond, Virginia, 1928

Corcoran Gallery
-Twelfth Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, Washington, D.C., 1930

New York Society of Independent Artists
-New York, New York, 1931

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
-Richmond Exhibition of Virginia Artists, Biennial, Richmond, Virginia, 1931-1949, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1971

G.R.D. Gallery
-New York, New York, 1932

Richmond Academy of Arts
-First Annual Exhibition of Virginia Artists, Richmond, Virginia, 1932

Whitney Museum
-First Biennial of Contemporary Painting, New York, New York, 1932

Argent Gallery
-New York, New York, 1933

Museum of Fine Arts
-New England Society of Contemporary American Art, Boston, Massachusetts, 1933

Macbeth Gallery
-New York, New York, 1933

Salons of America
-New York, New York, 1933-34

Old White Art Gallery
-White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, 1934

Rockefeller Center
-New York, New York, 1936, 1938

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
-Southern States Art Exhibit, Richmond, Virginia, 1939

Oakland Art Gallery
-Oakland, California, 1941-43

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
-American Painting Biennial, Richmond, Virginia, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1950

Virginia Intermont College
-Bristol, Virginia, 1944, 1946

Butler Art Institute
-Youngstown, Ohio, 1947

Gibbes Art Gallery
-Charlestown, South Carolina, 1947

Valentine Museum
-The Richmond Scene, Richmond, Virginia, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955

Norfolk Museum of Fine Arts (now the Chrysler Museum of Art)
-Norfolk, Virginia, 1955, 1960-62, 1968

Richmond Artists' Association Exhibits (3 Annually)
-Richmond, Virginia, 1955-1975

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
-Richmond, Virginia, 1956

Lynchburg Art Center
-Lynchburg, Virginia, 1958

University of Georgia
-Athens, Georgia, 1958

Washington and Lee University,
-Lexington, Virginia, 1960

Ferrum College
-Ferrum, Virginia, 1963

Fredericksburg Gallery of Modern Art
-Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1964

Muggleton Gallery
-Auburn, New York, 1964

Rocky Mount Art Center
-Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1964

Twentieth Century Gallery
-Williamsburg, Virginia, 1964, 1973

Longwood College
-Farmville, Virginia, 1966

Fredericksburg Gallery of Modern Art
Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1967

Scott-McKennis Fine Arts Gallery
-Richmond, Virginia, 1975, 1979

Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University
-Drawing Contempo '76, Richmond, Virginia, 1976

Richmond Federated Arts Council, 1708 Gallery
-June Jubilee Invitational, Richmond, Virginia, 1979

Reynolds/Minor Gallery
-Richmond, Virginia, 1980-

Art Student's League
-The Immortal Eight and Its Influence, New York, New York, 1983

Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University
-Faculty Exhibition, Richmond, Virginia, 1986-87


Art Criticism
-Richmond News Leader, 3 January, 20 February, 4 November, 28 November 1931, 30 November 1932, & others
-Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11 December 1949

-An Art School: Some Reminiscences, published by Virginia Commonwealth University, 1969.

-"Recollections," Hundredth Anniversary Catalog (New York: Art Student's League, 1975), 21-24.


Who's Who in American Art (New York: R.R. Bowker, Reed Publishing Co.)

Who's Who in American Art (Washington, D.C.: American Federation of Arts)

Leading Women in America (New York: Authors' International Publishing Company)

Prominent Women in Virginia (Jacksonville, FL: Southern Historical Publishing Associates)

Who's Who in Virginia (n.p.: Larkin, Roosevelt and Larkin, Ltd.)

Women of Distinction of America (New York: Who's Who Among Women)

American Women (n.p.: American Publications, Inc.)

Who's Who in the South and Southwest (n.p.: A.N. Marquis Company)

Who's Who in American Jewry (New York: National News Association)

"American Jews--Their Lives and Achievements," Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (n.p.: Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, Inc.)

Prominent Women in America

Who's Who of American Women
(n.p.: A.N. Marquis Company)

Dictionary of International Biography, ed. Geoffrey Hendley-Taylor (London, England)

Virginia Lives, The Old Dominion's Who's Who (Williamsburg, VA: Historical Record Association)

Outstanding Educators of America (Chicago, IL)

Who's Who in American Society (Fort Lauderdale, FL: American Publishing)


Collegiate School, Richmond, Virginia

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Richmond, Virginia

Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, Virginia

First and Merchants National Bank (now Sovran), Richmond, Virginia

Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia

Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia

Norfolk Museum (Now Chrysler), Norfolk, Virginia

North American Corporation, Richmond, Virginia

Owens Minor and Bodeker, Inc., Richmond, Virginia

Philip Morris, Inc., Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital, Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Metropolitan Hospital, Richmond, Virginia

Sheltering Arms Hospital, Richmond, Virginia

Stuart Circle Hospital, Richmond, Virginia

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

Virginia National Bank, Norfolk, Virginia

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

Westhampton College, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

Numerous private collections