Stoltenberg Art Initiative

We are pleased to announce the pilot program for the Stoltenberg Art Initiative – thanks to a donation by long-time friend of Don Stoltenberg and SSHSA member Rik Rabbett. 


About Don Stoltenberg

Stoltenberg Art Initiative

Don Stoltenberg in his studio. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Donald “Don” Stoltenberg (1927-2016), an American painter, specialized in maritime subjects. Don was also a longtime member of Steamship Historical Society of America, and kindly left a significant bequest to SSHSA. Don painted in an abstract expressionist style, with Cubist references in some images, and primarily uses light rays to enhance depth and to project a sense of motion. He attended the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and in 1953, graduated with a B.S. in Visual Design Art. He moved to Boston in 1954, and began working as a graphic designer at Container Corporation of America.

In 1960, he set up an art studio on Commercial Wharf, a former fishing pier on the Boston waterfront. He became a full-time painter. This location inspired his lifelong dedication to marine art. Focusing on both sailing and steam-powered coastal and ocean vessels, he also painted the classic ocean liners of the 20th century. He taught collography, specializing in oil painting, watercolor, and printmaking technique. He also taught drawing. In 1962, the Rhode Island School of Design named him a visiting critic. Stoltenberg authored two educational texts, Collagraph Printmaking and The Artist and the Built Environment.

Major exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the United States included Stoltenberg’s work, most notably at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Athenaeum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, the Copley Society of Boston, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, and the Worcester Museum.

Click on the images below for a closer look at Don Stoltenberg’s work

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Italian Line Conte Di Savoia poster by Don Stoltenberg, SSHSA Archives.

About the Stoltenberg Art Initiative

Teachers will utilize one of more of our materials or lessons in the Art module and give us feedback on how it worked in their classroom or how they would use it. Teachers can also fill out our survey here after reviewing the site. Educators may also give us feedback on what they would like to see in the future. Students that participate in the program will have their maritime artwork entered into a contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to First Place ($250), Second Place ($150), and Third Place ($100) winners.

We will feature student works on this website. This is not limited to just the winners. If the teacher uses our materials in a different way than how we have presented them, or would like to share their lesson plan, we will also publish it on this website to ensure other teachers have access to ideas on how to utilize these materials in their own classrooms.

Questions? Please email Education Coordinator, Aimee Bachari.

Deadline to submit student work: April 30, 2018

How to submit student work: Email with photographs of the student’s maritime artwork.

Winners announced: National Maritime Day, May 22, 2018  (Online exhibition of entries will be up shortly after the winners are announced on the Student Works page.)

Teachers register to participate: Fill out the form below.

Additional Resources

Peter Knego, Off the Palette with Don StoltenbergMaritime Matters, April 23, 2009.

Don Stoltenberg Biography.

Education Standards

4 ( Grades: K-12 ): Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

National Core Arts Standards

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