Born February 16 in Brooklyn, New York (Brownsville).

Attends March on Washington, August 28
B.A., History, City College of New York.

Studies painting and drawing at the Brooklyn Museum Art School with Louis Grebenak, David Levine and Richard Mayhew.


Marries Renée Sudler, August 28.

McDowell Colony Fellowship.

Studies on a Fulbright Grant (Graphics) in Germany. Resides in Hess. Lichtenau, near Kassel in north-central Germany and attends the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Kassel.                                          

Travels to Nüremberg to see the exhibit commemorating the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Dürer’s birth.

Visits Colmar, France to see Gruenewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece.
Crosses the border to East Germany to see Dürer’s original copper plate of Philip Melanchthon in Gotha.

Daughter, Simone Andréa is born September 18.

George Staempfli and Phillip Bruno visit the artist’s studio on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. Staempfli buys The Fulbright Triptych in its unfinished state and pays the artist monthly over the next two years. This financial support allows the artist the time and freedom to complete this major painting.


First one-man exhibition (Staempfli Gallery, New York).

Becomes a member of the faculty, New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design, New York.


Lives in Italy on a Rome Prize Fellowship (Painting) to the American Academy in Rome (Lazarus Fellow, Metropolitan Museum of Art). Additional support is provided by grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1976), the Ingram Merrill Foundation (1978-79), as well as two awards of support from the E.D. Foundation (1977 and 1978).


One-man exhibition at Staempfli Gallery

Lectures for United States Information Service (USIS) in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. Meets with Antonio López GarcÍa in Madrid.
Adjunct lecturer, New York City Technical College (CUNY), Brooklyn, New York, until 1988.

McDowell Colony Fellowship


Travels to Paris and London.


Lectures at the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

Visiting artist, Calhoun School, New York, spring semesters.
Publication of The Art of Simon Dinnerstein by the University of Arkansas Press. (with essays by Albert Boime and Thomas Messer, epigraph by George Tooker)
Travels to London.
Elected member, National Academy of Design, New York.

Travels to Madrid and Toledo. Visits major retrospective exhibit of Antonio López GarcÍa at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.


An American in Rome at New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, New Jersey, a large-scale exhibition of four recipients of the Rome Prize,


Collection Update, National Academy of Design, New York, 1995, an exhibition of acquisitions to the 1994 collection.
Panelist, MacDowell Colony Symposium, moderated by Brendan Gill, National Academy of Design, New York.


Travels to Mexico to see the work of Frida Kahlo (La Casa Azul) and the murals of Rivera, Orozco and Siquieros. 

Travels to Rome and goes to Orvieto to visit the Signorelli murals in the San Brizio Chapel.


Travels to London to see retrospective of Alberto Giacometti at the Royal Academy.

Returns to Italy for six weeks to revisit Rome, Florence, Padua and Venice. Views exhibit Japan in Italy at the Palazzo della Esposizioni in Rome.


Begins teaching Wednesday classes in his Park Slope, Brooklyn studio.

Representation by ACA Galleries, New York and Munich. Appears in group exhibitions at ACA Galleries in New York and with exhibitions of ACA Galleries at the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland and Carol Craven Fine Arts in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.


Work featured in Ontario Review (The Art of Simon Dinnerstein: A Retrospective), edited by Joyce Carol Oates and Raymond Smith


One-man exhibition, ACA Galleries.

Publication of Simon Dinnerstein: Paintings and Drawings, Hudson Hills Press, (essays by Rudolph Arnheim, Guy Davenport, Robert L. McGrath, John Russell, Edward J. Sullivan, Miller Williams)

Men Without Women: Paul Cadmus as Curator, National Academy of Design, NewYork.


Grandson, Adrian Greensmith, son of Simone Dinnerstein and Jeremy Greensmith, born on December 23.


Begins series, Palette Paintings.

Travels to London to see Lucian Freud retrospective at the Tate Britain.


Travels to Vienna to see Dürer retrospective at the Albertina.

Work featured in Hanging Loose (Simon Dinnerstein: A Portfolio) edited by Robert Hershon


Gabriela Lena Frank composes Ghosts in the Dream Machine based on Simon Dinnerstein’s drawings Sonatina, Nocturne, Night Scene I and Night Scene II. It is commissioned by Astral Artistic Services, Philadelphia for performances by the Chiara String Quartet and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Performances take place at Queens College, New York, Trinity Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia and at the Appalachian Summer Festival, Boone, North Carolina.

Travels to Madrid to see exhibition, The Spanish Portrait, at the Prado Museum.
Travels to London to see exhibition of Frida Kahlo at the Tate Modern.


At the Still Point, a major painting in the palette paintings series is completed.

Hosts an Open Studio to present this painting along with other works in this series.

Travels to Amsterdam to see exhibit of Max Beckmann, Exile in Amsterdam, at the Van Gogh Museum and Helene Schjerfbeck exhibit at the Gemeentemuseum, the Hague. Visits Bruges and Ghent. Ends journey in Paris and views major exhibition of Anselm Kiefer at the Grand Palais.


Reproduced above:  Simon Dinnerstein, Emerging Artist, 1988-89, conté crayon, colored pencil, pastel, wax crayon, oil pastel, 12 5/8 x 28 1/2 “