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Leo Kaplan assemblage and sculpture

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: RITArt-0043

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one assemblage and one sculpture by Leo Kaplan. Kaplan's distinctive assemblages combine found objects into sculptural works of art.

  • Jamie's World, assemblage, 1990

  • Type, sculpture, undated
  • Dates

    • Creation: 1990, undated


    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open to researchers.

    Biographical / Historical

    Leo Kaplan was born in Binghamton, New York in 1912, and attended the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute's (a precursor to RIT)School of Art and was listed in “Who’s Who in American Art” as both an Assemblage and Collage Artist. He studied illustration and advertising art, and graduated in 1932. While at RAMI, he was in Art Student's League, the yearbook committee,and the Student Handbook staff providing illustrations throughout these publications.

    He joined the Air Force in 1942 and spent 2 1/2 years in England as a First Sergeant with a Ferry and Transport unit.

    After the war, he lived in Rochester and worked for the Great Lakes Press, a Rochester-based color lithographing firm, for 30 years and designed annual reports, catalogues, advertising literature, displays and packages. He was the company’s art director for 20 years and the creative director for the remaining 10 until his retirement in 1976.

    In 1968 he was honored by RIT with an Outstanding Alumnus Award. He continued to live and create his unique assemblages in Florida until his passing at age 100 in 2012.


    1.5 Linear Feet (1 carton containing 1 Assemblage, 1 Sculpture)




    Assemblage and sculpture by Leo Kaplan, noted assemblage and collage artist.


    Collection consists of two pieces.



    Artwork sizes vary: 12 x 5 to 19 x 14.5 inches

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in September 2011.

    Leo Kaplan assemblage and sculpture
    RIT Art Collection
    Amy Vilz
    07 September 2011
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA