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Jo Meilziner
Talent Scouts
Oil on board
34 x 46 in.
Jo Meilziner

(American, 1901-1976)

Jo Mielziner was a theater set designer, lecturer, muralist and illustrator who was born in Paris, France in 1901. He studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; in Paris and in Vienna; at Fordham University (hon. DFA, 1947); and Otterbein College (hon. LH.D., 1972). He was a member of the royal Society of Arts (Benjamin Franklin Fellow); U.S. Institute of Theater Tech. (board of directors); American Theatre Planning Board (chairman); British Theatre Lighting Designers; The Century Association; Architectural League; Scenic Artists Un. His awards include an Oscar for color art dir. On Picnic, Acad. Motion Pictures, 1955; five Antoinette Perry Awards and 5 Donaldson Awards for set design, 1955-1960. Work: Metropolitan Opera, Tudor's Ballet, and 150 set designs for musical and dramatic productions, NYC (1924-1946); the Vatican Pavilion, WFNY; commissioned by State Dept. to design setting for U.N. Conference, San Francisco, and much more. Set designer for Winterset, Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, Street Scene, Summer & Smoke, Guys & Dolls, A Streetcar Named Desire, The King & I, Gypsy, The Innocents, Can-Can and many more. Designer for Lincoln Center; The Forum, L.A. Music Center; portable stage, East Room, The White House, and author of Designing for the Theatre and Shapes of Our Theatre (1970). He taught at Fordham University and is listed in Who's Who in American Art through 1947.

Mielziner's Talent Scouts is a rare example of his paintings. His paintings are sought after by members of the acting and directing communities, as well as in the art world.