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Chet Kalm (December 30, 1925 – April 26, 2017) was an American painter, teacher, and illustrator.[1][2][3] He was an instructor and administrator at the Parsons School of Design, where he also established the Foundation Department. His work was featured in more than thirty solo exhibits throughout the United States and Europe and displayed in galleries such as the Norman Rockwell Museum[4] and the Everhart Museum.[5]

Chet Kalm
BornDecember 30, 1925
DiedApril 26, 2017(2017-04-26) (aged 91)
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, US

Early life and educationEdit

Kalm was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was enrolled in classes at the Boston Museum as a child.[6] He studied with museum program staff until enlisting in the United States Army in 1942 and was injured during World War II, suffering permanent loss of use of his right hand.[6]

After leaving the military, he began his education at Yale[7] where he studied architecture. He changed to the School of Painting and later moved to Paris, France where he studied painting at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. He also studied graphics at Academie Colarossi prior to returning to the United States.[7]


Kalm settled in New York City in the 1950s where he began to exhibit his paintings. He soon began to work full-time, painting and exhibiting his work. He also took a position with the Parsons School of Design in New York City where he had a 25-year career as an instructor and administrator. During his time at Parsons, he established and chaired the Foundation Department.[8] After leaving Parsons, Kalm moved from New York City to the Berkshires in 1991 and began working out of a studio barn attached to his house.[6][7]

Kalm illustrated numerous books during his career including The Postman's Pony, a 1960s children's book written by Isabel McLennan McMeekin.[9] Additional illustrations include A Child's First Bible arranged by Sidney Brichto in 1961[10] andPaths to Jewish Belief by Emil Fackenheim in 1960,[11] Kalm also illustrated the February 18, 1960 cover of The Reporter.[12]

Kalm was featured in more than thirty solo exhibits throughout the United States and Europe as well as being represented in private and institutional collections.[6][7] He received awards and recognition for this work including from the National Arts Club of New York, the Brooklyn Artists Club, the Kendall Fellowship, and the Silvermine Guild. His work has been featured at locations such as the Harrison Gallery,[13] the Norman Rockwell Museum,[4] the Everhart Museum,[5] and the Berkshire Museum.

Select exhibitionsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Crowding Small Paintings Businesslike But No Exhibit". The Miami News. Google News Archives. 24 August 1958. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Sutherland, Zena (1973). The Best In Children’s Books. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226780573.
  3. ^ a b Bonenti, Charles. "Kalm turns to Berkshire landscapes". The Berkshire Eagle. Newsbank. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Norman Rockwell Museum presents "Housatonic River Reflections"". iBerkshires. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b Wilcox, Pete G. (21 August 2011). "Buds and berries, shoots and sprouts beckon at Everhart exhibit". Times Leader. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Wilson, Nicki. "Resonating with meaning". The Berkshire Eagle. Newsbank. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "Chet Kalm". The Harrison Gallery. 6 September 2008. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ Lambert, Patricia (1986). Color and Fiber. Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 9780887400650.
  9. ^ McMeekin, Isabel McLennan (1960). The Postman’s Pony. New York Putnam.
  10. ^ Brichto, Sidney (1961). A child’s first Bible. Behrman House.
  11. ^ Fackenheim, Emil (1960). Paths to Jewish Belief A Systematic Introduction. Behrman House.
  12. ^ "Magazine Cover". The Reporter. 18 February 1960. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Chet Kalm at the Harrison". Brattleboro Reformer. 21 August 2008.