The Helen Levitt Art Gallery on the Morningside College campus presents selections from the Levitt Art Collection. This Collection includes paintings and limited edition prints by artists such as Rufino Tamayo, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Jim Dine, Louise Nevelson, Joan Miro, Jean Dubuffet, Frank Stella, David Hockney, Red Grooms and Jonathan Borofsky.
Helen C. Levitt (1910-1996)
Helen Levitt, the daughter of Joseph and Hattie Levitt, was born Sept. 16, 1910, in Sioux City, Iowa. She was a graduate of Central High School and received a degree in dramatic arts from the University of Iowa. After graduating, Miss Levitt entered the family business of Levitt Investment Co., Mutual Loan Co., and Postal Finance Co. She served as executive vice-president of the Postal Finance Co. In 1970, she left to pursue other interests including art.
Miss Levitt attended many art workshops taught by a variety of instructors including Earl Cordrey, Robert Ortlieb, Innocenzio Daraio, Sueo Serisawa, Richard Haines, and Arthur Secunda. She became very productive in painting and sculpting and soon won awards for her art in regional shows. Also, Miss Levitt became strongly influenced by the art she began to collect.
Helen Levitt’s excellent decisions in purchasing art have led to the Levitt Art Collection now on display at Morningside College, and her generosity made possible the construction of the Helen Levitt Art Gallery, which opened in 1998. The Gallery is open during the Fall and Spring semesters on weekdays from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, and other times by appointment.