Mark Podwal may have been best known initially for his drawings on The New York Times OP-ED page. In addition, he is the author and illustrator of numerous books. Most of these works - Podwal's own as well as those he has illustrated for others - typically focus on Jewish legend, history and tradition. His art is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum, the Jewish Museums in Prague and New York, the Vatican, the British Library, Yad Vashem, among many others.

Though he always loved to draw, Podwal never pursued formal art training and eventually his parents encouraged him to become a physician. While attending New York University School of Medicine, his passion for drawing once again crept in: the tumultuous events of the 1960's compelled Podwal to create a series of political drawings that were published as his first book The Decline and Fall of the American Empire. These images were brought to the attention of an art director at The New York Times, and in 1972, his first drawing appeared on its OP-ED page. That drawing of the Munich massacre was later exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Palais du Louvre.

Podwal is the author and illustrator of Jerusalem Sky: Stars, Crosses and Crescents; A Sweet Year; Doctored Drawings, among others. King Solomon and His Magic Ring, in collaboration with Elie Wiesel, won a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators in 1999 and You Never Know, in collaboration with Francine Prose, won a National Jewish Book Award in 1998.

Fallen Angels, in collaboration with Harold Bloom was published in 2007. Author Cynthia Ozick has given Podwal the Hebrew name Baal Kav Emet, or "Master of the True Line." As she explains in her essay Ink & Inkling, "[Podwal] joins metaphysics to physics: essence to presence; ideas to real objects...The Master of the True Line is also master of hidden meanings, of symbol and metaphor." In 1996, the French government named Podwal an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Hebrew College, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, in 2003 awarded him a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.

Beyond his works on paper, Podwal's artistry has been employed in an array of diverse projects, including the design of a series of decorative plates for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work has been engraved on a Congressional Gold Medal and woven into an Aubusson tapestry that adorned the ark in the main sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El in New York. Moreover, he designed sixteen kiln cast glass panels for the United Jewish Appeal Federation Headquarters. Podwal is represented by Forum Gallery, New York and has exhibited there since 1977. His papers are archived at Princeton University.

Mark Podwal collaborated with Academy Award winning filmmaker Allan Miller on the documentary House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, narrated by Claire Bloom, which was broadcast on PBS in 2009 and 2010.

In 2011, Podwal received commissions to illustrate a new Passover Haggadah for the Central Conference of American Rabbis Press; to design new embroidered textiles for Prague's seven hundred year old Altneuschul; to create a limited edition print for The Metropolitan Opera's production of Nabucco; and to design Hanukkah cards for The Metropolitan Museum and The Metropolitan Opera. Also in 2011, he received the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award from the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

In 2014, at the Terezin Ghetto Museum there was an exhibition of Podwal’s cycle, All this has come upon us… The forty-two paintings and drawings, disturbing reminders of how Europe’s extensive history of "Jew-hatred" laid the groundwork for the Holocaust, have been published as archival pigment print portfolios. Portfolios have been acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Library of Congress, Yad Vashem, the Bodleian Library, the British Library, Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Hebrew University, National Library of Israel, among many others.

Podwal’s current projects are his posters for each new Metropolitan Opera season, a series on Mozart and Prague and a series "Kaddish for Dąbrowa Białostocka." Moreover, Glitterati Inc. published the 374 page monograph, "Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art by Mark Podwal."


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Kaddish for Dąbrowa Białostocka, Museum at Eldridge Street, New York, NY
Mozart and Prague, Klementinum Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Printed Matters, OZ Gallery, New York, NY
2015 All This Has Come Upon Us, Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach, FL
All This Has Come Upon Us, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Jewish Bestiary, Kulturzentrum der IKG, Munich, Germany
All This Has Come Upon Us, Embassy of the Czech Republic, London, United Kingdom
2014 All This Has Come Upon Us, Terezin Ghetto Museum, Terezin, Czech Republic (catalogue)
All This Has Come Upon Us, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
Old Jewish Town Within Us, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC
European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage, Cross Gallery, New Town Hall, Brno, Czech Republic
Shamayim Jewish Culture Festival, Zadni Synagogue, Trebic, Czech Republic
2013 From Jerusalem to Prague, Espace Rachi: Centre d’Art et de Culture, Paris, France
2012 Jewish Magic in the Art of Mark Podwal, Jewish Museum in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Sharing the Journey, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Old and the New: Mark Podwal’s Textiles for the Altneuschul in Prague, Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History, New York, NY
Doctored Drawings, Smilow Gallery at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
2008 Jewish Magic, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Visual Metaphors, Vratislavsky Palac, Prague, Czech Republic
Kabbalistics, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Framed by Words, Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History, New York, NY
2005 Tales and Illuminations: The Art of Mark Podwal, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2004 A Sweet Year, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2003 A Sweet Year, Israel Museum Ruth Youth Wing, Jerusalem, Israel
2001 Of Times and Seasons, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Legends and Visions, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Bamscapes, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
1997 Jewish Dreams, Jewish Museum in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
1996 Jewish Days, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
1995 A Passover Haggadah, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY
1993 A Passover Haggadah, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Ink and Inkling: Mark Podwal, Master of the True Line, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA traveled to Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA (catalogue)
1986 A Jewish Bestiary, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
1982 Sir Isaac and Lady Edith Wolfson Museum, Hechal Shlomo, Jerusalem, Israel
1980 A Book of Hebrew Letters, Jewish Museum, New York, NY
1979 A Book of Hebrew Letters, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1977 Freud’s da Vinci, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Observations, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA, (catalogue)
1974 Drawings by Mark Podwal, Klutznick Museum, Washington, DC
1973 Lamentations, Jewish Museum, New York, NY
1971 The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, Wickersham Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 GOLEM! Avatars of a Clay Legend, Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France (catalogue)
2016 GOLEM, Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
The Arch of Titus—from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back, Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History, New York, NY (catalogue)
“Come My Beloved…”—Illustrations for the Song of Songs, Jewish Museum in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic (catalogue)
Paint by Numbers. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY (catalogue)
American Views, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2015 EVIL: A Matter of Intent, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY (catalogue)
2014 National September 11 Memorial Museum, New York, NY
Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals, Magnes Collection, Berkeley, CA
2013 As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY
The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY (catalogue)
Singular Vision, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2012 Ten Years of Collecting for the Carle, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
The Spectrum of Sexuality, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY (catalogue)
Posters as History: Teaching With Primary Sources, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, Flushing, NY
Five Decades: Art and Artists of Forum Gallery 1962- 2012, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Text and Context, Columbia/Barnard University Hillel, New York, NY
2011 Modern Artists Illustrate Jewish Texts, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Peace on Earth: Art Against War, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Vantage Point 2011, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Monsters and Miracles, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA traveled to Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA (catalogue)
Illustrating the Hebrew Bible, Duke University, Durham, NC
"And you shall tell your son...", Jewish Museum in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY (catalogue)
Seduced by the Sacred, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT
2009 Path of Life: Rabbi Loew, Imperial Stables at Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic (catalogue)
Summer Selections, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Art of the Times (Times Four), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Envisioning Maps, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY
2007 The Fine Art of Drawing: Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Deck Your Halls With Art: A Holiday Group Show, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
From Haven to Home, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Waldsee-1944, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY
I Am the Rose: Passover Imagined in the Collections of The New York Public Library, New York Public Library, New York, NY
Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration, Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY
2004 Contemporary Landscapes, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Living Masters! Forbes Galleries, New York, NY
Contemporary Works on Paper, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
The Art of Aging, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY (catalogue)
A Holiday Celebration, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Noah’s Art: Animals in Prints and Drawings, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Visually Speaking, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2001 Not For Myself Alone, Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ
Small Worlds, Mizel Arts Center, Denver, CO
A World of Story, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ
The Jewish Holidays, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery Roster, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000 Drawings by 20th Century & Contemporary Masters, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration, Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY
Picture This! Children’s Book Illustrations, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
1999 Visual Artists Salute Harvey Lichtenstein, Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration, Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY
1998 Recent Acquisitions, Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ
1997 A Jewish Holiday Celebration, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
1996 New Beginnings, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Collector’s Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Tikvah: Perspectives on Human Rights, Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT (catalogue)
Harrison Celebrates Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NY
Where is God? Jewish Children’s Book Illustrations, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY
1993 Collecting for the 21st Century: Recent Acquisitions, Jewish Museum, New York, NY
1988 Golem: Danger, Deliverance and Art, Jewish Museum, New York, NY (catalogue)
1986 Liberty: The French-American Statue in Art and History, New York Public Library, New York, NY
traveled to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris (catalogue)
The Jewish Illustrated Book, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA (catalogue)
1984 The Fantastic Voyage, Yeshiva University Museum, New York, NY
1983 Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, NY
1982 Warheads: Cartoonists for a Nuclear Freeze, Sindin Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
1979 See and Sanctify: Exploring Jewish Symbols, Yeshiva University Museum, New York, NY (catalogue)
1976 The Image of America in Cartoon and Caricature, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
traveled to Fort Wayne Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN (catalogue)
VI Biennale International de l'Affiche, Warsaw, Poland (catalogue)
1975 Art in the Judaic Tradition, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
1974 Art of the Times, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris traveled to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux (catalogue)
1971 Artists Against the War, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany
Bibliotheca Rosenthalis, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bodleian Library, Oxford, United Kingdom
British Library, London, United Kingdom
Brno Jewish Community, Brno, Czech Republic
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, CA
Columbia University, New York, NY
Congregation Agudas Achim, Austin, TX
Czech National Library, Klementinum, Prague, Czech Republic
Duke University, Durham, NC
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, Flushing, NY
Haifa Museum of Modern Art, Haifa, Israel
Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Jewish Museum in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach, FL
Jewish Theological Seminary Library, New York, NY
Judaica Museum of the Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale, NY
Judiska Museet i Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Magnes Collection, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris , France
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
Museo Sefardi, Toledo, Spain
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
National Gallery in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
National September 11 Memorial Museum, New York, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Northeast Children's Literature Collection, Storrs, CT
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Prague Jewish Community, Prague, Czech Republic
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, Salzburg, Austria
Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, NY
Temple Emanu-El, New York, NY
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Vatican Pontificia Università, Vatican City, Italy
Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Yeshiva University Museum, New York, NY
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

BOOKS BY THE ARTIST

Reimagined: 45 Years of Jewish Art. New York: Glitterati, Inc., 2016.
Jüdisches Bestiarium. Berlin: Hentrich & Hentrich, 2015.
Built by Angels. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
Doctored Drawings. New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2007.
Jerusalem Sky. New York: Random House, 2005.
A Sweet Year. New York: Random House, 2003.
The Menorah Story. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1998.
Golem: A Giant Made of Mud. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1995
The Book of Tens. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1994.
A Jewish Bestiary. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1984.
Leonardo di Freud. Milan: Sperling and Kupfer Editori, 1982.
A Book of Hebrew Letters. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1978.
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire. Introduction by Peter Fonda. New York: Darien House, 1971.

SELECTED ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

Middleburgh, Charles and Goldstein, Andrew. A Jewish Book of Comfort. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2014.
Mishkan T’filah for Youth. New York: CCAR Press, 2014.
Yoffie, Alan S. Sharing the Journey: The Haggadah for the Contemporary Family. New York: CCAR Press, 2012.
Bloom, Harold. Fallen Angels. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.
Prose, Francine. The Demons’ Mistake: A Story from Chelm. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2000.
Wiesel, Elie. King Solomon and His Magic Ring. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1999.
Sobel, Ileene Smith. Moses and the Angels. Introduction by Elie Wiesel. New York: Delacorte Press, 1999.
Wiesel, Elie. Le Golem: Legende d’une legende. Paris: Bibliophane/Editions du Rocher, 1998.
Prose, Francine. You Never Know: A Legend of the Lamed-vavniks. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1998.
Prose, Francine. The Angel's Mistake: Stories of Chelm. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1997.
Prose, Francine. Dybbuk: A Marriage Made in Heaven. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1996.
Klagsbrun, Francine. Jewish Days. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996.
Wiesel, Elie. A Passover Haggadah. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.
Wiesel, Elie. Six Days of Destruction. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1988.
The Elie Wiesel Collection. Paris: The Bibliophile Library, 1985-1988. (Fourteen volumes)
Schwartz, Howard. The Captive Soul of the Messiah. New York: Schocken Books, 1983.
Klagsbrun, Francine. Voices of Wisdom. New York: Pantheon, 1979.
The Book of Lamentations. New York: The National Council on Art in Jewish Life, 1974.
Let My People Go: A Haggadah. Introduction by Theodore Bikel. Foreword by Abba Eban. New York: MacMillan, 1972.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS CATALOGUES

All this has come upon us. Terezin: Terezin Memorial, 2014.
Carlebach, Elisheva. Jewish Magic in the Art of Mark Podwal. Prague: Jewish Museum, 2012.
Kabbalistics. New York: Forum Gallery. 2006.
Wiesel, Elie. Mark Podwal: Jewish Dreams. Prague: Jewish Museum. 1997.
Ozick, Cynthia. Ink and Inkling: Mark Podwal Master of the True Line. South Hadley: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 1990.
Observations. Berkeley: Judah L. Magnes Museum. 1977.

AWARDS AND HONORS

2012 Victoria and Albert Museum Print of the Month
2011 Foundation for Jewish Culture Achievement Award
2010 New York University School of Medicine Alumnus Award Medicine in the Humanities
2009 Smithsonian Notable Book for Children
2003 Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA
1999 Silver Medal Society of Illustrators
Aesop Prize American Folklore Society
1998 National Jewish Book Award Jewish Book Council
1996 Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la Republique Francaise
1993 Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la Republique Francaise
1989 The Society of Newspaper Design Award of Excellence

SELECTED PROJECTS

2015 Textiles for synagogue Agudas Achim, Brno, Czech Republic
Metropolitan Opera Le Nozze di Figaro limited edition print
New York Czech Center produces film Mark Podwal’s Mozart and Prague
Torah ark curtain for the Rhinebeck Jewish Center, Rhinebeck, NY
2014 Czech Television documentary film All this has come upon us: Mark Podwal’s Art for Terezin
Metropolitan Opera Don Giovanni limited edition print
2013 Metropolitan Opera Cosi fan tutte limited edition print
Metropolitan Museum of Art Hanukkah card Dreidel Menorah
2012 Textiles for the Altneuschul in Prague, Czech Republic>/td>
Czech Television documentary film My Synagogue is in Prague
2011 Metropolitan Opera Nabucco limited edition print
Metropolitan Opera Hanukkah card
Metropolitan Museum of Art Hanukkah card
2010 The Echo Foundation, Charlotte, NC, The Sandra and Leon Levine Medal for Life
2009 Metropolitan Opera notecards Mozart Fantasies
Calendar for The Jewish Museum in Prague, Czech Republic
Executive Producer and writer of PBS documentary film House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, narrated by Claire Bloom
Poster for Prague Jewish Community Maharal Conference, Czech Republic
2008 Metropolitan Museum of Art notecard Study for cover of Jerusalem Sky
2007 Jewish Museum, New York, NY, Hanukkah card
2006 Silkscreen print for The Jewish Museum in Prague Centennial, Czech Republic
Metropolitan Museum of Art porcelain plate Jewish Life Cycle
2005 Metropolitan Museum of Art jewelry
Glass panels kiln cast by Fusion Glass, London for United Jewish Appeal-Federation headquarters, New York, NY
Poster for National Museum of American Jewish History to celebrate 350th Anniversary of the American Jewish Community
Torah mantle for Skirball Museum exhibition From Haven to Home
2004 Metropolitan Museum of Art ceramic Podwal Passover Plate
2003 Metropolitan Museum of Art ceramic Zodiac Platter
Metropolitan Museum of Art notecard Zodiac Circle
2001 Calendar for The Jewish Museum in Prague, Czech Republic
Textiles for Congregation Agudas Achim, Dell Jewish Community Campus, Austin, TX
2000 Jewish Book Month Poster for Jewish Book Council
1998 Brooklyn Academy of Music spring season BAMbill artist
Metropolitan Museum of Art notecard Seven-Branched Menorah
1996 Cover art for Itzhak Perlman's compact disc Live In the Fiddler's House
Torah mantles for Temple Emanu-El, New York, NY
1995 Torah ark tapestry woven in France by Pinton Tapisserie d'Aubusson for Temple Emanu-El, New York, NY
Logo for international conference The Future of Hope, Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan
1994 Illustrator and creative consultant for television video A Passover Seder Presented by Elie Wiesel
1985 United States Mint Congressional Gold Medal presented by President Ronald Reagan to Elie Wiesel
1981 Stage backdrop for Simon and Garfunkel concert in Israel