Asa Cheffetz (1897-1965)
Asa Cheffetz — illustrator, etcher, engraver, and block printer —was born on August 16, 1897 in Buffalo, NY and died on August 23, 1965 in Springfield, MA where he lived and worked for many years. In 1929 his recorded address was 484 White Street in Springfield and, in 1934, Springfield, MA.
Cheffetz studied with Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931) at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Ivan Gregorevitch (1878-1962); William Auerbach-Levy (1889-1964); and the National Academy of Design in New York City. He was a member of the California Printmakers Society; an Associate of the National Academy of Design, 1938; the Philadelphia Watercolor Club; the American Artists Congress in New York City; and the Audubon Artists in New York City.
His exhibitions and awards include the Eyre Gold Medal at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1928; the International Exhibition of Prints at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1929 and 1932; a prize at the International Bookplate Competition at the Los Angeles Museum of Art in 1934; a prize at the 1934 International Exhibition of Prints, Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago; a prize at the 1934 Exhibition of American Block Prints, Philadelphia Print Club; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; and at the 1936 Second International Exhibition of Wood Engraving in Warsaw, Poland.
Some of his work consists of the design for the official bookplate of the Library of Congress; illustrated An Almanac for Moderns; Fifty Prints of the Year, 1929 and 1934; Contemporary American Prints; and Fine Prints of the Year, 1935. http://www.stevensfineart.com/bio.php?artistId=1291&artist=Asa%20Cheffetz