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Leo Meissner
20th century
(Hamtramck, Michigan, 1895 - 1977, Monhegan, Maine)

Born 1895, Hamtramck, MI; active 1910–15, Detroit; 1920–23, New York; 1923–77, Yonkers, NY, and Monhegan, ME; died 1977, Monhegan Born in the industrialized Detroit suburb of Hamtramck, Meissner began attending the Detroit School of Fine Arts at the age of 15, but had to leave to take odd jobs to earn a living. He finally earned a scholarship that allowed him to attend the Art Students League in New York, where he studied with Robert Henri and George Luks. He was made a member of the National Academy of Design, and after 1950 focused on printmaking, especially wood engravings. He was a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, the Print Club of Albany, Boston Print Makers; the Prairie Print Makers, and the Philadelphia Print Club. He established the Leo Meissner Prize for excellence in Printmaking at the National Academy of Design. Meissner's work can be found in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and Emory University.

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