Lumen Martin Winter (1907/08-1982) is an artist almost unknown today, and yet during his lifetime he was a celebrated muralist, sculptor, watercolorist and painter having been invited to the White House and the Vatican on a number of occasions. Winter’s art appears on a United States postage stamp at that time was the only living American artist to be so honored! In 1970, Winter designed for NASA the astronauts insignia and logo Steeds of Apollo for the Apollo XIII moon mission.
The purpose of this website is to revive the fine art of Lumen Winter and to place the artist in context with American art movements of the 1940's to 1980's. I have also gifted and donated as a memorial to my parents, Dr. Nathaniel R. and Lucille Katlan and my sister Dr. Roberta Katlan Helfgott; over one hundred and forty works of art to five museums in the New York and New England areas; The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Ct., The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages, Stony Brook, New York; Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, New York, Bellarmine Museum of Art, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Ct. and The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, Goshen, New York. It is my hope that this website will provide a way of presenting the exceptionally beautiful and worthy art of Lumen Martin Winter.
The above museums will feature exhibitions in the next few years which will include Lumen Winter’s art. The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages has graciously agreed to act as a central repository for Winter's art, receiving the majority of my donation of Winter’s works. The Long Island Museum is also planning a major one-man exhibition starting June 23, 2017 to
September 17, 2017 of Winter's watercolors, oils, and drawings called Lumen Martin Winter An Artist Rediscovered which is also the title of this website. This Fall Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery is planning a forthcoming exhibition September 6, 2016 to December 16, 2016 with the title" Over the River: Transforming Long Island" that focuses on the transformation of Long Island brought about by the construction of bridges, tunnels and roadways that provided direct routes to New York City and includes Winter's Verazzano on Staten Island, bridge murals studies done for Public School 60, Richmond, Staten Island, N.Y.
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame held an eye-catching exhibition The Spirit of the Horse from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 showing the fine selected watercolors and drawings of the wild range horse that Winter created mostly in New Mexico.
Alexander W. Katlan
Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages