Bert Katz is an exhibiting painter and photographer. He is included in numerous international collections and museums, including those of President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and the Museé Picasso in Paris. Additional interests and research are in the history of art, particularly the training of artists in the French Academy, 17th through 19th centuries. While completing his master’s degree, Katz studied with the important abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell. Following his Studies, and after painting during an extended stay in France-with the help of art historian Jean Adhemar, researching the late paintings of Daumier-Katz returned to the states and taught studio art at The Ohio State University, Columbus. While at Ohio State, with a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, he organized “The First International Conference on the Visual and Performing Arts in Higher Education.” This well-attended, week-long conference included important figures such as Robert Smithson, Harold Rosenberg, Robert Wilson, and Viola Farber, among others. Katz has also served as director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New York Arts Program and taught at the Parsons School of Design.