Alumnus Harry Weisburd

Harry Weisburd (Painting 1965, MFA 1966) stays engaged at CCA by supporting student scholarships and in his position as chair of his Half Century Club reunion class.

Weisburd graduated from Parsons School of Design and worked for some years in fashion illustration in New York. Seeking new challenges and perspectives, he then made his way to the West Coast.

Inspired by California skies and Richard Diebenkorn paintings, Weisburd decided to pursue a BFA and eventually an MFA in Painting at CCA.

While at CCA, Weisburd became fascinated with experimental film and printmaking. CCA exposed him to a new world of art, including notable alumnus Robert Bechtle.

He also has fond memories of advisors who guided him throughout his time at CCA and encouraged him to teach.

After graduation, Weisburd taught at the University of Connecticut and Westfield State College, where he was tenured. Currently residing in Berkeley, Weisburd, 79, continues to paint and is active on various art websites and social media.

As the class of 1965 Half-Century Club chair, Weisburd was excited to come back to campus and speak at the club’s reunion during CCA’s Alumni and Family Weekend in the fall of 2016. He enjoyed touring the campus and seeing students working in studios. He was impressed by the access to new technology CCA offers students, includin­­­­g new 3D printing. 

Most importantly, he was excited to see students honing their artistic skills.

Weisburd knows the impact of a CCA education and greatly appreciated the scholarship he received. That is why he consistently donates to the student scholarship fund and encourages other alumni to “help others as you were helped,” whether through a donation of time, talent, or financial resources.

“If people are successful, it’s because they were taught something. And it is important for that cycle of support to continue.”