Timeline of the Life of Sterling Strauser

  • 1907 – Born in Bloomsburg, PA, on August 15 to Boyd Wesley and Emma (Freas) Strauser
  • 1922 – Begins painting at age 15
  • 1924 – Attends Bloomsburg State Teacher’s College
  • 1928 – Graduates; marries Dorothy Ferry, his high school sweetheart, in June; moves with his wife to East Stroudsburg area to take teaching position
  • 1928 – 29 –Teaches at a grade school in Mount Pocono
  • 1930 – Begins work as a shipping clerk at the International Boiler Works in East Stroudsburg
  • 1933 – Sterling and Dorothy’s daughter, Jill, is born.
  • 1939 –Solo Exhibit at Zimbalist Gallery in New York City
  • 1942 – Begins correspondence with Victor Joseph Gatto
  • c1949 – Travels to Asbury Park and paints ocean for first time
  • c1960 – Dorothy Strauser discovers Justin McCarthy at Courthouse Square Outdoor Art Fair in Stroudsburg
  • c1960 – Sterling meets Jack Savitsky
  • 1962 – Retires as Office Manager from International Boiler Works
  • mid – 1960s – Artist Group with Phyllis Reuben, Nancy Hebard and others
  • 1985 – Exhibits at the Jack Savitt Gallery in Macungie
  • 1989 – Receives the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Award, which is later named for him and Dorothy
  • 1990 – Participates in symposium for The Cutting Edge: Twentieth Century American Folk Art Exhibit at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City
  • 1991 – Authors Chuck and Jan Rosenak dedicate Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists to the couple
  • 1991 – Treated for cancer
  • 1993 – Folk Art Society of America presents annual Award of Distinction to Sterling and Dorothy Strauser
  • 1995 – Sterling Strauser dies of cancer at home on September 16 at age 88
  • 1999 – 2000 – A Modernist Revisited Exhibit at Reading Public Museum
  • 2001 – Sterling Strauser and His Friends Exhibit at Belmont Univ. (Tenn.)

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