Selma Hurwitz was born in 1927. Selma currently lives in Rockville, Maryland. Before that, she lived in Potomac, MD from 1983 to 2012. Before that, she lived in Silver Spring, MD in 1983. The art medium Hadbakah defies placement in one of the conventional categories. It was devised by Selma Hurwitz in 1964, and during the subsequent years of use by the artist has evolved into the richly developed technique that she uses today. Typed Letter Signed, 05/08/1975 - 8 1/2 x 11 signed in blue ink pen with a two-fold and light age-toning seen on her person stationery. Overall, fine condition.
In 1964 she created her own medium which she called Hadbakah (meaning to adhere). Hadbakah is glued thread paintings. Through the years her medium has evolved to create a unique luminous sculptured effect. In her works she portrays personal and social themes of universal impact as well the basic motifs of love, beauty, valor and tyranny.
This self-taught artist has received world wide acclaim for her works. They are in many private collections and public buildings throughout the world.
Hurwitz hopes that when people view her art, they sense something of the emotions she wishes to express. "It is important to me that my art carry a message. There are things in life that are disturbing and painful -- for me they need to be seen to be felt. I also love creating images that express the beauty of the world and the emotions of people".
Her works are also available in limited edition silk-screen prints, posters, note cards and a lecture "As it seems to me" based on her works.
The artist and her art have been written up many times and have appeared on television both nationally and locally.
Exhibit of Hurwitz art, "Human Rights - Human Feelings" in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, sponsored by The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (The Helsinki Commission). Forty-four works were displayed.
Hurwitz became the first American artist to have work in the collection of the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) in Jerusalem. "How Alone She Sat", a work by Hurwitz, accepted in the collection of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, in Jerusalem, Israel. Hurwitz named "Washingtonian of the Week" on the Renee Pousaint News Program, WJLA-TV.
The National Conference of Soviet Jewry selected Hurwitz work to be used as a banner for the podium on the Mall, for the massive Soviet Jewry rally that preceded the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit. President Reagan received a Hurwitz silk-screen print presented to him by American Jewish leadership.
President and Mrs. Carter visited an exhibit of Hurwitz art at the First Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Artist personally led them on a tour of the exhibit.
Hurwitz picture entitled "Memorial to the Munich Eleven", was displayed at the Saidye Bronfman Center in Montreal during the Summer Olympics. (The picture is now in the collection of the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation for Special Olympics in Washington, DC.) United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Gift Shop commissioned poster and cards based on the original Hadbakah, "Take Me Not Away in The Midst of My Days".
Hurwitz art has appeared on national television programs such as the Today Show and CNN news, as well as on local TV programs. In addition Hurwitz art has been featured in many articles in newspapers and magazines.