Russell Conner

Artist Bio



Russell Connor was born in Cambridge, MA, June 15, 1929. He has a BFA from Mass. College of Art and an MFA from Yale (with Josef Albers).                                                               

In addition to exhibiting internationally in museums and galleries, he has done covers and illustrated essays for The New Yorkerand The New York Times’ Book Review.  He has also engaged in the production of films and videotapes about the arts, for broadcast and cable television, for which he won several awards. In addition to being the writer/host for two WGBH series,Museum Open House from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Artists' Showcase, he hosted a series for Cable Arts, A for Art; a series for HBO, The Artist's Eye; and a series on experimental video for WNET in New York, entitled VTR: Video and Television Review.  He has produced and directed PBS programs for the Whitney Museum of American Art (as Head of their Education Dept.), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The Asia Society, and The New York Historical Society, and documentaries on New York artists, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. He has collaborated on video art projects with Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, and William Wegman.  Mr.Connor has lectured at the School of Visual Arts, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the DeCordova Museum School, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Worcester Art Museum School, the University of Rhode Island, the Tama School of Fine Arts, Japan, Hunter College of The City University of New York, The New School University, New York, Brandeis University, The Art Students’ League, The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the École des Beaux Arts, Paris.  His paintings are in numerous private and museum collections.