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Art Shay: The Sporting Life & Times

Posted 6/1/2013

We are proud to be the first to showcase the iconic sports photography of Art Shay in an HDC studio exhibition opening June 20. Learn more about Art Shay who, at 91 years of age, continues to shape the collective memory of Americans through the eye of his camera lens:

Art Shay (b. 1922) is a photographer and writer who has captured and helped define the American experience for the better part of seven decades.

After flying 52 combat missions during World War II, Shay took a job as a staff reporter at Life magazine. There he wrote a hundred anonymous stories and did time in the New York, Washington, San Francisco and Chicago bureaus, finally leaving to pursue his first love, photography. He was soon shooting pictures regularly for Sports Illustrated, Time, Life, Fortune, the Saturday Evening Post, Forbes, Business Week, Parade and The New York Times Magazine. A Bronx native who now resides in Deerfield, Ill., Shay has photographed seven U.S. Presidents and other major influencers of the 20th century including such notable sports figures as Mohammad Ali, Vince Lombardi and Rocky Graziano.

In addition to his remarkable photography, Shay has published more than 70 books on various subjects. He has also written weekly columns for various newspapers and authored several plays. His photography is sold at galleries and is in permanent collections of major museums including the National Portrait Gallery and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Since the opening in 1976 of Northbrook Court Mall in Northbrook, Illinois, Shay has been chronicling life at the mall. He is also working on a project on the life of The Smashing PumpkinsBilly Corgan. Since the end of 2010, he has been writing a weekly photography blog "From the Vault of Art Shay" on Chicagoist.

About the Exhibition The Art Shay photography exhibition, “Art Shay: The Sporting Life & Times,” will run from June 20 through September 30 at the HDC studios, 220 E. Buffalo St., in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. An invitation-only opening reception, featuring remarks from Art Shay, will be held from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. The exhibition is free and open to the public beginning June 21.