Still an actively
working artist, Irving
Amen won a scholarship from the Pratt Institute at the remarkably young age of
fourteen, and continued his studies there until 1939. After serving in the Armed
Forces from 1942-1945, Amen returned to his art, enjoying his first exhibition
at the New School
for Social Research in New York, followed by a
show at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington
Amen spent time
studying in Paris where he showed his impressive repertoire of paintings,
woodcuts and sculptures. Travelling through Israel,
Greece and Turkey in 1960 led to a retrospective of his
work at the Artist House in Jerusalem.
Amen then taught art at the Pratt Institute in 1961 and at
Notre Dame University, Indiana in 1962.
Irving Amen was
commissioned to create a Peace Medal to commemorate the end of the Vietnam War,
as well as a stained glass window of the Twelve Tribes of Israel for the Agudas Achim Synagogue in Columbus, Ohio. He is a member of the
Society of American Graphic Artists, the International Society of Wood
Engravers and the Audubon Artists, Inc.