Nat Krate

(1918 - 2013)

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Nat Krate was born in New York City and educated at Pratt Institute and the Arts Students League. He was president and art director of his own advertising agency until 1980. Since then he has been full time artist, portrait and figure instructor at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Longboat Key Art Center, and the Sarasota Art Association.

He is a member of the Salmagundi Club and American Artists Professional League. He has works in the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA,
Museumof Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL and Florida Progress Corporation, St. Petersburg, FL.

 

Nat Krate Remembered by Marty Fugate

ARTICLES/Talent in Bloom / December 27, 2011 / Marty Fugate / Arts Sarasota

 

 


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Résumé

Born 1918

Academic Credits

Art Students League, New York, NY
Pratt Institute, New York, NY

 

Professional Commitments

Art Instructor- Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL 1989-1990
Art Instructor- Sarasota Art Association, Sarasota, FL 1986
Art Instructor- Longboat Key Art Center, Longboat Key, FL 1984-1986
Art Lecturer- Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA 1979
President-Creative Director- Nat Krate Company, Advertising Agency, New York,
NY-Pittsfield, MA 1946-1980

 

Military Service- First Army Headquarters, United States Army, United States and Europe 1940-1945

 

Solo Exhibitions

Venice Art Center, Venice, FL 2003
Sarasota Visual Art Center, Sarasota, FL 2000
FL West Coast Symphony Hall, Sarasota, FL 1999
Hang-Up Gallery, Sarasota, FL 1998
Donn Roll Galleries 1996
Donn Roll Galleries 1994
Lee County Alliance of the Arts, Fort Myers, FL 1994
Foster Harmon Galleries, Sarasota, FL 1992
Anna Howard Galleries, Washington CT 1992
Foster Harmon Galleries, Sarasota, FL 1989
Longboat Key Art Center, Longboat Key, FL 1989
Foster Harmon Galleries, Sarasota, FL 1986
Arvida Gallery, Longboat Key, FL 1986
Ana Sklar Gallery, Bar Harbor, FL 1985
Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA 1981
Becket Arts Center, Becket, MA 1978


Recent Juried Awards

First Prize Town of Longboat Key Exhibition Longboat Center for the Arts, 2001 2001
Best of Show Art Encounter 2001. The von Leibig Art Center, Naples, FL 2001
Cornish Memorial Award Florida Artist Group Ann. All-State Exhibition Melvin Gallery of Art, FL. Southern College, Lakeland, FL 1999
Second Award Fine Arts All Media Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL 1999
Second Award Artstravaganza Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN 1998
Faltro Award Florida Artist Group, Annual All-State Exhibition Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL 1998
Award of Excellence National All-Media Exhibition Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL 1998
First Prize Lee County Alliance of the Arts, Ft. Myers, FL 1996
Houser Award Society of the Four Arts National Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, Palm Beach, FL 1995
First Prize Longboat Key Art Center, Shannon All-State Exhibition Longboat Key 1995
Finalist National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship Southern Arts Federation 1994
Elizabeth Morse Genius Award Florida Artist Group, Ann. All State Exhibition Museum of Arts & Sciences
Daytona Beach, FL 1994
Second Place All Florida Juried Show. St. Petersburg, FL 1994
Second Place All Florida Juried Show Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL 1994
Silver Medal of Honor Knickerbocker Artists U.S.A. Grand National Juried Show, Washington, D.C. 1993
Second Prize Lee County Alliance of the Arts. Fort Myers, FL 1991


Recent Group Exhibitions

2004 Zenith Gallery Six Artists
2003 Selby Gardens Museum, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota Collectors Exhibition, Sarasota, FL
2000 & 2001 Longboat Key Art Center, Longboat Key, FL Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Ringling Museum Biennial, Sarasota, FL
Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
1999 Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL
Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
Florida Southern College, Lakeland FL
1998 Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL
Hang-Up Gallery, Sarasota, FL
Assn. For Visual Arts, Chattanooga, TN
Art League of Manatee County, Bradenton, FL
Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
1997 Venice Art Center, Venice FL
Lee County Alliance of the Arts, Fort Myers, FL
Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, FL
Hang-Up Gallery, Sarasota, FL
1996 Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Center for the Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Lee County Alliance of the Arts, Fort Myers, FL
Florida Artists Group, Winter Haven, FL
Lakeland Center for the Arts, Lakeland, FL
1995 Lee County Alliance of the Arts, Fort Myers, FL
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
Florida Artists Group, Sarasota, FL
Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
Mickelson Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Donn Roll Galleries, Sarasota, FL
Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL


Selected Exhibition Jurors

Mark Ormond, Senior Curator, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Donald Kuspit, Professor of Art History, State U. of N.Y. at Stoneybrook
David Levy, Director, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
Ian van der Marck, Chief Curator, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Annette Carlozzi, Visual Arts Producer of Cultural Olympiad, 1996, Atlanta, GA
Marla Prather, Associate Curator, 20th Century Art, National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.
Frederich R. Brandt, Curator & Department Head of 20th Century Art,
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Dr. Louis A. Zona, Director, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Janet S. Dickson, Curator of Education, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
John Streetman III, Director, Evansville Museum of Arts, Evansville, IN
Harry Messersmith, Director, DeLand Museum of Art, DeLand, FL
Richard Muhlberger, Director, museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
Gene Baro, Curator of Contemporary Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Gary R. Libby, Director, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
E. John Bulard, Director, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Michael Milkovitch, Director, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Theodore E. Wolf, Art Critic, Christian Science Monitor, Boston, MA
Ken Rollins, Director, Polk Museum, Lakeland, FL
Richard Koshalek, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Hugh M. Davies, Director, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Suzanne Delehanty, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
Neil Watson, Curator of Exhibitions and Contemporary Art, Tampa Museum of Art,
Tampa, FL
Ned Rifkin, Director, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Merrill Rueppel, Former Director, Contemporary Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
Virginia M. Mecklenburg, Senior Curator, National Museum of American Art,
The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.


Public Collections

1996 Florida West Coast Symphony Hall, Sarasota, FL
1993 Town Hall of Longboat Key, Longboat Key, FL
1991 Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
1990 Florida Progress Corporation, St. Petersburg, FL
1989 Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sarasota, FL
1979 Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA
1942/3 First Army Headquarters- 13 wall murals, Governors Island, NY


Private Collections

More than 120 original works in private collections throughout the United States.


Professional Memberships

American Artists Professional League, Inc. New York, NY
The Salmagundi Club New York, NY
Knickerbocker Artists U.S.A. Washington, D.C.
Florida Artist Group Statewide- FL
Longboat Key Art Center Longboat Key, FL
Sarasota Visual Art Center Sarasota, FL
Museum of Arts& Sciences Daytona Beach, FL
Sarasota Community Arts Council Sarasota, FL
Venice Art Center Venice, FL


Representative Reviews of Paintings by Nat Krate

"Nat Krate is an exceptionally talented painter; he has the talent to disturb us with his imagery…or to charm us."
- -Sheila Stewart-Leach, Juror
Alliance for the Arts Statewide Competition Ft. Meyers, FL
"Krate's 'Elegy for a Young Man' is the best work of art in the exhibition…The symbolism of the piece connects it with the great art continuum. The painting, therefore...has something profound to say. It is a deep personal painting that offers universal meaning to those aware enough to read it."
- -Kevin Dean and Kay Kipling
The Longboat Observer, Longboat Key, FL
"Sly and shocking, 'Gathering Storm' packs a punch that is unforgettable, and sets a tone that few works in the exhibit can begin to match."
- -Laura Stewart, Sunday News Journal
Daytona Beach, FL
"Nat Krate is a thoroughly modern painter; his provocative figures inhabit our physical world in a sensual reality of passion and psychology. An artist of disciplined technique, creative force and intellectual inquiry, Krate creates paintings that ask universal questions of existence. His best work reinforces the viewer's search for self through complex and poetic relationships."
- -Peter L. Koenig, Weekly Planet
Sarasota, FL
"Krate has indeed, won an impressive number of major awards…The reasons for his remarkable record are evident in the paintings on view…storytelling skills…master of mood and lighting. There are only some of the qualities that have made his work so widely admired."
- -Dorothy Stockbridge
Sarasota Herald Tribune, Sarasota FL