1985 – New York City
Gloria Vanderbilt received her education at the Art Students League in New York City, studying drawing, anatomy and painting. She had her first one-woman exhibition of oil paintings at the Bertha Schaeffer Gallery in Manhattan in 1952. Retrospectives of her paintings, collages and pastels have been exhibited at the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, the Reading Museum and Art Gallery and the Tennessee Museum of Fine Arts. In 1969, she received the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award and was elected to the Fashion Hall of Fame. In the 1970s, Hallmark introduced her artwork to the commercial market by producing Gloria Vanderbilt Collections of paper products created from her paintings and collages. Miss Vanderbilt is the recipient of the Gold Medal of Merit from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Talbot Perkins Children’s Services Mother of the Year Award. In 1979 she was awarded Brandeis University’s National Women’s Committee “Major Book Collection” award. She holds honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and the International Fine Arts College in Miami. In 1979 she was the recipient of the Silver Spirit of Life Award from the City of Hope in California. She received the Anti-Defamation League’s Woman of Achievement Award in 1981 and the National Arts Club Citation of Merit in 1982. Miss Vanderbilt has been a contributor to many magazines including Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Day. She is many times an author and in 1994 created the anniversary graphic design for the Northwood University 25th annual Distinguished Women’s celebration. This rose motif is featured once again, in this 30th anniversary biographic edition.