Melanie Kent Steinhardt Opens at SSU Library Art Gallery

The University Library Art Gallery at Sonoma State University is thrilled to announce the premiere exhibition of the artworks of Melanie Kent Steinhardt (1899-1952), which opens Jan. 30 and runs through March 24.
A public reception will be held Feb. 10 in the University Library Art Gallery from 5:30-8 p.m., with remarks at 7 p.m. by Richard Hill, Kent Steinhardt’s grandson who painstakingly researched his grandmother’s life in order to preserve her artworks and legacy.
Melanie Kent Steinhardt was an aspiring Bohemian Jewish artist who left Europe in 1939 and finally settled in California in 1941. This diverse and compelling collection of compositions, portraits and landscapes blends European Expressionism with an emigre’s troubled impressions of two World Wars, a woman’s place in a male dominated world, and her new life in America.
The artist’s residency in Inglewood, amid the burgeoning military industrial complex of 1940s Southern California, informed some of her most compelling work, and provided her an opportunity to reconnect with her estranged family.
Melanie Kent Steinhardt died suspiciously at the age of 52 in her Los Angeles studio–whether by accident or suicide remains a mystery.
Richard Hill and his wife Marna, who reside in Sonoma County, published in 2002 “Mela: The Life and Art of Melanie Kent Steinhardt,” a limited edition art biography. Images of some of the works that will appear in the exhibition can be viewed on the University Library website at
The University Library Art Gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. A daily parking permit ($2.50) is required except Fridays after 5 p.m., on weekends, or holidays. Daily permits are not valid in reserved lots.
For more information contact Karen Brodsky at (707) 664-4240.