Visual Arts

Artists Seen: Harold Cohen

by / Dec. 14, 2016 12am EST

Harold L. Cohen is a Buffalo-based visual artist and educator. He was born in Brooklyn in 1925 and trained in the Bauhaus tradition, attending Pratt Institute and Northwestern University before earning a BA from the Institute of Design in Chicago. Cohen served as chairman of the Product Design Department at the Institute of Design (1949-1955) and as partner with Davis Pratt in Chicago (1950-55). He was the chairman of Southern Illinois University’s influential Department of Design from 1955 to 1963 and the dean of UB’s School of Architecture and Environmental Design from 1974 to 1984. After his retirement, he turned his attention to printmaking, painting, and sculpture. For more on Harold Cohen’s current work, visit or

Artists Seen: Photographs of Artists in the 21st Century is an ongoing project by photographer David Moog in partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. Moog has set out to make portraits of every self-identified working artist and arts professional in Western New York. To be included in the project, call David Moog directly at 716-472-6721 or contact the center at 716-878-4131. Artists working in all media are welcome; visit for more information.