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Petheo, Bela, 1934-



  • Existence: 1934 - 2017


Bela Petheo (1934-2017) was a painter and printmaker who taught art history and painting at St. John's University for more than thirty years, served as chair of the Art Department, led the first semester-long study abroad group from St. John's, and retired as professor emeritus in 1997. Petheo was born in Budapest, Hungary, on May 14, 1934. He studied painting with Pál Molnár-C. In 1956, he received his Master of Arts degree in art history from Eötvös Loránd University. Following the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian Uprising, he departed for Vienna in 1957, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1959, he immigrated to the United States and, in 1961, entered the University of Chicago. There he studied lithography under Max Kahn and continued his studies in art history under Joshua C. Taylor. Petheo was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1963. He came to Saint John’s in 1966 and spent the remainder of his professional career there as both a teacher and working artist. He died May 3, 2017.

Found in 45 Collections and/or Records:

Bela Petheo: a retrospective, 1985-2000, 2001

Identifier: BOOK0021
Scope and Contents

Bela Petheo: a retrospective, 1985-2000 is an exhibition catalog.

Dates: 2001

Bela Petheo: A Retrospective: Works between 1985-2000, 2003

Identifier: MC06.0013
Scope and Contents Bela Petheo: A Retrospective: Works between 1985-2000"Meet the artist as he comments on a selected group of works over a lifetime in the form of a guided tour. This retrospective attempts to survey fifteen years of creative efforts of Bela Petheo, a widely recognized painter, and former senior member of Saint John's University's art faculty, whose work was commented on by Oskar Kokoschka, Klaus Berger, Marcel Franciscono and Evan M. Maurer."Accompanied an exhibition...
Dates: 2003

Bela Petheo Manuscript Collection Documentation, 2011 2013 2017

Identifier: MC06.0001
Scope and Contents Bela Petheo Manuscript Collection Documentation Saint John's Abbey, The Rite of Christian Burial, Bela F. Petheo. Worship aid for funeral mass. May 19, 2017.Bela F. Petheo. Funeral card. Undated, but distributed May 19, 2017."Bela Petheo, 82." Obituary, St. Cloud Times, May 15, 2017, p. 5A.Email from Richard Ice to Joint Faculty Assembly containing a short obituary of Bela Petheo, May 5, 2017.Letter from the archivist to Bela...
Dates: 2011 2013 2017

Bela Petheo: painter of the center in an age of extremes, 1985

Identifier: BOOK0020
Scope and Contents

Bela Petheo, by J. Gray Sweeney, is a monograph on a painter who was an art professor at St. John's University.

Dates: 1985

Boston and New York Painters, Critics, 1970 1971 1972 1973 1976 1978 1981 1982 1983 2008

Identifier: MC06.0005
Scope and Contents Boston and New York Painters, CriticsMainly correspondence with painters and critics. Also records of dealings with two Minneapolis galleries and one in Chicago. Arranged by correspondent. Nationally-known figures include Clement Greenberg and Tom Wolfe, Philip Pearlstein, Charles de Tolnay, June Wayne, Rollo May, Elaine de Kooning, Burt Silverman, Wolf Kahn.Art Acquisitions, Inc., St. Paul. Correspondence between Bela Petheo and Shelly Ross, Christine M....
Dates: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1976 1978 1981 1982 1983 2008

Klaus Berger and André Gence, 1972 1975 1976 1977 1979 1980 1981 1982 1989 1992

Identifier: MC06.0003
Scope and Contents Klaus Berger and André GencePrimarily correspondence from Klaus Berger, with two letters from André Gence.Bela Petheo explains their significance: "Kl. Berger, Distinguished Univ Prof at the U. of Kansas. Originally a German art historian was an internationally recognized art historian who wrote 'the' basic book on Japonaise Art and its influence on Western art (Japonismus in der westlichen Malerei, 1860-1920) (English translation available) He lectured at...
Dates: 1972 1975 1976 1977 1979 1980 1981 1982 1989 1992

Marcel Franciscono, Vincent Price, Museum Directors, 1968 1970 1971 1974 1976 1979 1981 1984

Identifier: MC06.0006
Scope and Contents Marcel Franciscono, Vincent Price, Museum DirectorsCorrespondence with Marcel Franciscono, professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Vincent Price, actor and promoter of original art; Michael Wentworth, Smith College; and John Wilmerding, National Gallery of Art. The Taylor correspondence also includes a letter from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Correspondence with Joshua C. Taylor, with whom Bela Petheo studied at the University of...
Dates: 1968 1970 1971 1974 1976 1979 1981 1984

One-Man Shows, Announcements, Competitions, Awards, 1961 1972 1974 1975 1977 1979 1981 1982 1983 2010

Identifier: MC06.0008
Scope and Contents One-Man Shows, Announcements, Competitions, AwardsExhibitions and competitions in which Bela Petheo's art was displayed. Also some galleries which own his work."Local painter brushes middle ground," by Michael Norton, St. Cloud Times, October 23, 1987. Article about Bela Petheo's one-man show at the Engel Hall Gallery, St. John's University, until November 23. Photocopies. Copies also in ARC 11, Newspaper Clippings.Paintings and Prints by Bela Petheo....
Dates: 1961 1972 1974 1975 1977 1979 1981 1982 1983 2010

Petheo, Bela, 1983 1984 1985 1996 2002

Identifier: 2011-004.0057
Scope and Contents Petheo, Bela -Email from Tammy Hansen about CSB/SJU press release: Saint John's University Professor Emeritus, Bela Petheo, Featured at Plains Art Museum, January 7, 2002 -St. John's Bela Petheo to Offer Lecture on His Work in Southern France, March 19, 1996 -Central Minnesota Arts Council Press Release -Letter to members of MacPherson Award Committee about Request for partial funding of monograph on Bela Petheo by Dr. Gray Sweeney to be...
Dates: 1983 1984 1985 1996 2002

Petheo, Bela, 1986 2001 2007 2008 2012 2017

Identifier: ARC15.PETHEO
Scope and Contents Petheo, Bela -Diotima, vol. vii, no. 5, April 23, 1986. Back cover (p. 20) is a monochrome reproduction of "Self-Portrait in Red Shirt," acrylic on canvas by Bela Petheo. -St. John's lands Petheo show, by Terry Mikelson. Brainerd Dispatch, August 2, 2001. Exhibition "Bela Petheo, Works Between 1985-2000" to open later that month. -Bela Petheo to teach "Painterly" drawing workshop at GRAA. Morrison County Record, March 15, 2007. Three-day workshop at Great...
Dates: 1986 2001 2007 2008 2012 2017