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This profile was last updated on 6/17/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Ms. Gloria Kamen

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Author and Illustrator

Phone: (802) ***-****  HQ Phone
Vermont College
Stone Science Building - Room 105 36 College Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
United States

 
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Employment History

  • Illustrator
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Web References
CLiF - Children's Literacy Foundation
www.clifonline.org, 17 June 2008 [cached]
Gloria Kamen
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Gloria Kamen Gloria Kamen was born in New York City, grew up in the borough of Queens, and was trained at the Pratt Institute. She has illustrated dozens of award-winning children's books, including several of her own. She lives in Windsor, Vermont. (Author/Illustrator)
The Front Porch - Inspiring Biographies for Young People
www.nhpr.org, 20 Oct 2003 [cached]
When illustrator Gloria Kamen was a child, her medium was sidewalk and chalk.She went on to study art and enjoy a long career as a theatre cartoonist, children's book writer and illustrator for a series of books by Miss Manners.With more than 40 books under her belt, she has created an anthology of inspiring biographies for young people and their parents.Heading Out:The Start of Some Splendid Careers captures inspiring stories from the lives of such notables as Dan Rather, Nelson Mandela, Lance Armstrong and her cousin, NH inventor Dean Kamen.
Loganberry Books: Solved Mysteries: G
LoganberryBooks.com, 6 Feb 2010 [cached]
Ruth Hooker (author), Gloria Kamen (illustrator), Gertrude Kloppenberg (private) , 1970.
archives | New Hampshire Public Radio
www.nhpr.org, 30 July 2006 [cached]
When illustrator Gloria Kamen was a child, her medium was sidewalk and chalk.She went on to study art and enjoy a long career as a theatre cartoonist, children?s book writer and illustrator for a series of books by Miss Manners.Now she has created an anthology of inspiring biographies for young people and their parents.Heading Out:The Start of Some Splendid Careers tells inspiring stories from the lives of such notables as Dan Rather, Nelson Mandela, Lance Armstrong and her cousin, NH inventor Dean Kamen.
Minnesota Daily
www.mndaily.com, 17 Aug 2005 [cached]
Author, freelance designer and illustrator Gloria Kamen knows this all too well.Her exhibit at the University's Andersen Library features portraits of 22 famous composers, varying from Beethoven to Brahms to Bernstein.Also present in the collection, though, are the portraits of 10 female composers, their names lesser-known than many of the men.
Propaganda for women
It is the portraits, and more importantly the lives, of the female composers that concern Kamen the most.
"I want (viewers of the exhibit) to be able to read and recognize the names of the women composers when they see them in the future," Kamen said."It's a little bit of propaganda for the women, I might say."
Some of the women, most notably Clara Wieck Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, have surnames that any classical music aficionado might recognize - but it's often the work of their fathers and brothers that is celebrated, Kamen said.
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Mendelssohn is also the subject of a children's book written and illustrated by Kamen in 1996, "Hidden Music: The Life of Fanny Mendelssohn."
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Through the years, Kamen has illustrated more than 40 books and especially enjoys working with biographies.
In the case of Mendelssohn, Kamen said her father thought it was demeaning for women to perform publicly.
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Kamen tried to imagine her subjects were actually alive and posing in front of her when she painted them.
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"It was ridiculous," Kamen said."That was the kind of atmosphere she lived in, one in which women had to fight for the recognition they deserved."
In contrast to Fanny Mendelssohn, Schumann was forced by her father to perform musically for her entire life, Kamen said.
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The watercolors hanging in the Andersen Library's gallery were a project Kamen undertook for herself, finishing the last of the 22 portraits approximately a year ago.
"Since it was my own project, I could do whatever I wanted," she said.
Kamen emphasizes that there was a process involved in creating the portraits, one that began with biographical research.
"With each one, I learned an awful lot.I enjoy my work," she said.
Because many of the composers lived in times when there was only black and white photography, or none at all, Kamen had to guess about exact hair colors.In the instances in which there were only illustrations available, "a lot of quick decisions had to be made" in terms of representation, she said, and sometimes she created two or three versions of the same composer.
"I had friends who were music-lovers tell me which version was the nicest," she said.
Twenty-Two Watercolor Portraits of Men and women Composers by Gloria Kamen
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As Kamen did in nearly all of the pieces, her blouse and the background were cut from another patterned paper, giving the works a modern and whimsical collage element.
In contrast, Schumann's expression and the gray-and-blue palette with which she was painted reflect a deep-rooted sense of melancholy.She stares into the distance, looking lonely despite her fame.
An ongoing project
Kamen, 82, says she will continue to research the biographies of female composers in the future, possibly adding to her collection of portraits.
She often speaks at the places her work is shown, making sure her "talks revolve around the women, not the men."
She also urges musicians she meets to add the work of female composers to their playlists, in an often belated attempt to give equal time to women's compositions.
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