Fred Martin


Fred Thomas Martin (June 13, 1927 – October 10, 2022) was an American artist, writer and arts administrator and educator who was active in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene since the late 1940s, He was a driving force of the Bay Area art scene from the mid 1950s until his retirement from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to his artistic practice, Martin was widely known for his work as a longtime administrator and Professor Emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI).

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Martin began as a painter in the 1940s, and has published critical writing. He acted as director of San Francisco Art Institute from 1965 to 1975 and as Dean in the 1980s. His work is represented in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Art Museum, the Richmond Art Center, the Crocker Art Museum, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, and the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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United States


Artist, abstract artist, collagist, educator, painter, teacher

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Fred Martin, Fred Thomas Martin

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