Honey Wachtel Kurlander


Title: Artist, Educator
Company: Kurlander Art Studio
Location: Columbia, Maryland, United States

Honey Wachtel Kurlander, Artist and Educator at Kurlander Art Studio, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in painting.

An art instructor at Kurlander Art Studio in Columbia, MD, since 2001, Ms. Kurlander has amassed 70 years of professional excellence in her field. Prior to this appointment, she was an art instructor at her studio in Old Westbury, NY, from 1979 to 2000, as well as in East Meadow, NY, from 1958 to 1979. She also served as an art instructor at East Meadow High School from 1958 to 1960, a freelance children’s book illustrator in New York City from 1950 to 1960, and a freelance textile designer in New York City from 1948 to 1958.

Described by art critic Malcolm Preston as having a dreamlike quality, Ms. Kurlander’s artwork combines impressionism, surrealism, abstraction, and realism to portray an array of emotions for the viewer. Having the ability to transform everyday scenarios into vivacious, colorful snapshots of life, Ms. Kurlander is a renowned figure in her field with her works exhibited in prominent galleries and institutions, including Long Island University, C.W. Post College, Grumbacher, Inc., the Reddon Collection, and Nassau Community College. She has also had solo exhibitions across New York State and abroad in such places as Tokyo, Japan, and Paris, France.

Ms. Kurlander commenced her career as a student at the Parsons School of Design, completing coursework, and the Pratt Institute, earning a certification in illustration in 1948. She remains a member of the National League of American Penwomen, where she won Best in Show Awards in 1978, 1981, 1984, 1990, and 1995, and the Art League of Nassau County. She is also a member of the Salmagundi Club, who honored her with the Williams Award in 1979.

In recognition of her exceptional accomplishments, Ms. Kurlander has accrued numerous accolades, including First Prize at the Eastern Regional Exhibit in 1968 and the Heckscher Museum in 1966. Recently, she was contacted by a television producer who requested to use one of her paintings in the background of a show. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, gardening, sewing, and traveling.

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