June 28, 1999 Geneva, NY — As part of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Reunion '99 activities, the Hobart Medal of Excellence was presented to painter Donald Resnick, Class of 1949, in recognition of the high honor that he has brought to Hobart College. The Medal of Excellence is the highest honor the Hobart Alumni Association bestows, and represents one in a long list of honors Resnick has received for his artwork — his first at age six when he won a contest sponsored by a New York radio show.
After graduating from Hobart with a major in sociology, Resnick continued his education, earning a B.S. magna cum laude in education at SUNY Brockport. His graduate studies at Brooklyn College were interrupted by the Korean War for two years when he served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
The war over, he began again in earnest to study art, first at the School of Visual Arts in New York, then in Salzburg, Austria. That experience made him realize that he wanted to dedicate his life to painting. While he continued to teach in both public and private schools, he structured his time to enable him to paint as well.
He has painted professionally since 1958 and has been exhibited in more than 20 group and private shows at museums and galleries in New York, Toronto, Boston, and at Houghton House. The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., is but one of many museums with his paintings in their collections. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, and more than 20 other publications. Art News, commenting on his painting, stated that “as Resnick paints, brush pursues memory — seeking, approximating, asking. It bubbles in the sky, lights a meadow, hardens rock, and is as fast as the wind.”
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