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East Brunswick Public Library Showcases the Art of Don Bloom

East Brunswick Public Library Showcases the Art of Don Bloom
Throughout August, the East Brunswick Public Library displays the paintings of the late Don Bloom.

“We’re very fortunate to have several pieces in our collection that he donated to the library,” said Jennifer Podolsky, Library Director. “With his passing in June, we felt this was an appropriate time to showcase his work to the community.”

Bloom was a longtime East Brunswick resident. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of the Arts in 1953, attended the Art Students League of New York, and received his MFA in Painting from Instituto Allende, San Miguel, Mexico. In 1957, the Newark News named him one of the 5 "Artists of the Year" in New Jersey.

His paintings are held in hundreds of private collections and in many New Jersey colleges, public institutions and libraries, including the East Brunswick and South River Libraries, the South River Council of Congregations and the East Brunswick Senior Center. His work has been featured in several one-man exhibitions across the country.

For 34 years, Bloom also worked as an Art Educator in the Piscataway Public Schools, serving as Department Chairman from 1966-1983. He was also an instructor at several northern New Jersey art centers, as well as at Bloomfield College and the College of New Jersey.

In addition to fine art and instruction, he was also an acclaimed editorial cartoonist. Ten of his editorial cartoons are in the permanent collection of the International Museum of Cartoon Art.

Information about Bloom’s seven-decade long career can be found online at his website.