DU Art Professor adds to Beck Collections

University of Denver Associate Professor of Studio Art – Painting, Deborah Howard, recently donated her “Portrait Project: Child Survivors of the Holocaust” to the permanent collection of the Ira M. and Peryl Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives.  The project involved drawing 25 survivors of the Holocaust.  Four of the drawings are housed in the collection at Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel.  The remaining 21 drawings as well as study materials, photographs, and other associated artworks are now part of the Beck Archives.  The collection is significant not only for preserving the work of a DU faculty member and Jewish artist, but also as an educational tool. University courses studying the Holocaust and World War II, immigration, and sociology can all benefit from this collection.  The collection is slated for exhibit in the Anderson Academic Commons for April 1-June 30, 2019 and will coincide with Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on May 2, 2019.

To view the collection record and finding aid please visit Deborah Howard’s Holocaust Portraits and Papers.


Yakov Neyman was a Holocaust survivor and a beloved member of the DU community. He owned and operated a hot dog cart on the DU campus from 2001 until his death in 2012.


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