Howard Koslow, American (1924 - 2016)

Howard Koslow
Howard Koslow was awarded an Art League scholarship to Pratt Institute in New York, graduating in 1944. He then served as an apprentice to Jean Carlu, the French poster artist in his New York City studio. Koslow went on to study painting at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and continued his studies in graphics at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has traveled extensively as a participant in the United States Air Force Historical Art Program, contributing many paintings that are now part of the Air Force Permanent Collection exhibited at the U.S. Air Force Academy and The Pentagon.

Many of Koslow's paintings commissioned by NASA are on exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C. and the NASA Art Gallery, Kennedy Space Center. He has been commissioned by The National Park Service and The United States Coast Guard to create paintings for their historical art collections. In 1991, Koslow was elected to membership in the Society of American Historical Artists, an organization dedicated to the preservation and portrayal of historical truth through art.

Howard Koslow has been commissioned to create paintings that can be seen at the U.S. Air Force Academy; the National Air and Space Museum; and the NASA Art Gallery, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The National Park Service has also commissioned paintings for its historical art collections. Koslow’s previous projects for the U.S. Postal Service include eight 1940s Celebrate The Century stamps, four stamps featuring jazz/blues singers (1994) and all of the stamps in the Lighthouses series: Lighthouses (booklet 1990) Great Lakes Lighthouses (1995), Southeastern Lighthouses (2003), Pacific Lighthouses (2007), and Gulf Coast Lighthouses (2009). Koslow also designed a number of stamped cards including Carnegie Hall (1991), Ellis Island (1992), and the National Cathedral (1993).

Mr. Koslow, one of the United States Postal Service’s most prolific stamp artists and painter of its 30 classic Lighthouse stamps, died Jan. 25 2016 at his home in Toms River, N.J.

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