Harriet Zeitlin received a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
She was a painting major and coordinated with the University of Pennsylvania graduating
with a BFA degree. She also attended the Barnes Foundation for a two year course in the
Traditions of Painting. She studied printmaking at UCLA, and photography at Santa
Monica College. She has lived in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; New York and Los
Angeles. During the 1970's, she was active in the Artists Rights Movement, serving as
President of Artists for Economic Action, and Executive Director of a CETA Title VI Art
in Public Places program, where she employed l0 local artist to make public art for LA. She
was the Artist representative on the LACMA Graphic Arts Council Board, and on the
Executive Board of the LA Printmaking Society. She won a California Arts Council
Grant and City of Los Angeles Cultural Grant. She was artist in residence at the Vermont
Studio Center and the Mendocino Art Center. Her artist quilts were displayed in the Arts
in Embassies Program in Hong Kong and Namibia, Africa.
She has had 26 solo shows and exhibited in over 100 group shows. Her work is in
numerous public collections including LACMA, Library of Congress, Grunwald Center
for the Graphic Arts, United States Embassy in New Delhi, Pennsylvania Academy of the
fine Arts, National Museum of Jewish History and others.
She has taught art periodically at the Synanon School, Mirman School for Gifted Children,
Crossroads, Vista Del Mar, Performing Tree, LA Unified Adult Education, UCLA Extension,
LA High School for Music and Art.
She completed a book on photography started by her husband David Zeitlin,
Shooting Stars: Favorite Photos taken by Classic Celebrities.
She recently exhibited in the Salon d'Automne in Paris, France. She had a solo show of three
decades of work in 2009 at Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, showing prints, plates, quilts, fiber
and sculpture. In 2013 she exhibited a 30 year survey of quilts, mixed media and sculpture at the
Kracke Fine Art Gallery in Rancho Mirage, CA.