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.

Simone Dinnerstein's recording of the Goldberg Variations is released to great response and fanfare.

Multiple Open Studio exhibits at Brooklyn studio; participates in the Annual Exhibits at the National Academy; Exhibit of Archival Pigment Prints at Loupe Digital in New York (2010).

Begins teaching Art and Visual Perception, a seminar in art appreciation, in his studio. Travels to Vienna to view Egon Schiele exhibit at the Leopold Museum.

Publication of The Suspension of Time (Milkwood Editions), a book devoted to reflections on The Fulbright Triptych by 43 writers, including Jhumpa Lahiri, Anthony Doerr, George Crumb, Edward Sullivan, John Russell, Rudolf Arnheim, Thomas M. Messer, Guy Davenport, John Turturro, Robert Beaser, Colin Eisler, Phillip Grimbert, with an interview by Marshall Price. The publication is the only book devoted to a single painting of a living American artist. The Suspension of Time is selected for Barnes and Noble's Year's Best Reading, 2011: Editor's Picks.

Exhibit of The Fulbright Triptych at the German Consulate (2011-2014).

Cousin Cousinne's Reminder, Issue Number Three, is published, Zack Zook, Executive Director. It contains Jhumpa Lahiri's essay on The Fulbright Triptych, The Space Between the Pictures, with 24 details of the painting.

Robin Quivers moderates an on-stage conversation at the German Consulate between Simon Dinnerstein and Simone Dinnerstein.

Artist Ann Tracy moderates a conversation at BookCourt, Brooklyn between Simon Dinnerstein and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Spends a month in Paris and visits Beaune to see Rogier van der Weyden's Beaune Altarpiece and returns to Colmar to see Matthias Grunewald's Isenheim Altarpiece.

The Fulbright Triptych is exhibited at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, School of Law (2014-2017).

Major drawing, Can the Universe be Held in the Gaze of a Small Dog (69 7/8 x 84") is completed.

Spends a month in Rome and Italy; Visits American Academy in Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Orvieto (Signorelli), Venice, Padua, Florence.

Visits Rome to see an exhibit of Balthus and to Paris to view the Anselm Kiefer exhibit at the Beauborg Museum and at the Biblioteque National de France.

Daughter, Simone Dinnerstein, performs the Goldberg Variations at the Opera Garnier in Paris with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Renée Dinnerstein's book, Choice Time: How to Deepen Learning Through Inquiry and Play is published by Heinemann. The book, a meditation on education for the young child, stressing curiosity and exploration, represents a fifty year career in education.

A conversation at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Law School, with the noted art historian, Lynn F. Jacobs (author of Opening Doors; The Early Netherlandish Triptych Reinterpreted).

Traveling exhibit of 15 works, with The Fulbright Triptych as centerpiece, is organized by Alex Barker, Director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, the University of Missouri. It travels to the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada.

A catalog of the exhibit is published with essays by Alex Barker, museum director, Rudolf Arnheim, psychologist; Tom Healy, former Chariman, Fulbright Scholarship Board, 2021-2014; and an interview with Lynn F. Jacobs.

Alarm Will Sound, a contemporary chamber ensemble, commissions Robert Sirota to compose, Three Nocturnes, based on three works of Simon Dinnerstein, Night, Night Scene 1, Purple Haze, for a premiere on July 27, 2017. The performance accompanies the exhibit at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Ellis Ludwig-Leone is commissioned by the Terezin Music Foundation to compose a work based on the art of Simon Dinnerstein which will be performed by Simone Dinnerstein on October 8, 2018.

A symposium on The Fulbright Triptych takes place on September 22-23, 2017 at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Begins work on At Four, a reflection on the theme and voyage of childhood (80 1/4 x 83").

The Fulbright Triptych is exhibited at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit in the Spring, 2019 and at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College in the Fall, 2019.

George Crumb selects Simon Dinnerstein's drawing Purple Haze to be one of 10 paintings in his grouping of Fantasy Pieces, Metamorphoses, Book II. Other paintings selected are by artists Andrew Wyeth, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, etc. The world premiere is presented by pianist, Marcantonio Barone on December 13, 2020 at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Passage of the Moon is featured in the inaugural exhibit, "Masterworks of American Figurative Painting" at the Center for Figurative Painting, New York.

A grouping of Archival Pigment Prints are produced: First Street Trio (N's Kitchen, Night Scene 1, The Sink).

Musaics, a collaborative program (art, music, performance), directed by Audrey Vardanega, commissions composers Tiffany Cuaresma, Milad Yousefi, and Alistair Coleman to create music based on Simon Dinnerstein's work, which will be performed in three separate programs in the Spring of 2021.

Musaics presents An Evening of Night Improvisations, featuring performers, Jordanian violinist Layth Sidiq and Greek Laouto player Vasilis Kostas. They improvise to an image, Night Scene 1, of the artist. The performers see this print for the first time on the evening of the performance.

Musaics presents the premiere, "Of Simon and Solaris," composed by Alistair Coleman, Emma Meinrenken, violin, July, 2021. The work is based on Simon Dinnerstein's painting, Solaris. Moderated by Musaics of the Bay Artistic Director Audrey Vardanega. Premiere Video: Extended Conversation:

Musaics presents the premiere of "The Triptych" for solo piano by Milad Yousufi, May 17, 2021. The piece was inspired by Simon Dinnerstein's painting The Fulbright Triptych. Moderated by Musaics of the Bay Artistic Director Audrey Vardanega, Premiere Video: Extended Conversation:

e Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, online exhibition, National Academy of Design Members, displays Simon Dinnerstein's drawing Conversation, 1995-2020.

The framed copper engraving plate of Angela's Garden is donated to the Palmer Museum, a gift of Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko. This engraving plate is depicted in the middle panel of The Fulbright Triptych. It can be seen on the artist's studio table surrounded by tools of engraving.

Two major self portraits, Rear Windows and Reflection, both drawings, are donated to the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. The collectors, Jackye and Curtis Finch, possess a major collection of self-portraits and it is their collection which is being donated to the museum.

Art Essays, University of Iowa Press, a book of 15 essays by novelists, is published. The volume presents a grouping of essays on the fine arts. It includes, The Space between the Pictures, by Jhumpa Lahiri, an essay on The Fulbright Triptych. The book is edited by Alexandra Kingston-Reese. The publication contains a diverse selection of essays by award winning writers such as Zadie Smith, Orhan Pamuk, Ben Lerner, Teju Cole, and Hanya Yanagihara.

New York Premiere of George Crumb's Metamorphoses Book II, Marcantonio Barone, piano, is presented at Barge Music, Brooklyn, New York, October 24, 2021. The suite of 10 works relate to Crumb's musical response to works of art. Included in this group is a drawing of mine, Purple Haze, as well as music relating to Wyeth, Van Gogh, Klimt, Gauguin, Chagall, etc.

Simone Dinnerstein's multi-media piece The Eye is the New Circle is performed at Peak Performances, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, October 14, 15, 16, 17, 2021. The piece derives its origins from Emerson's essay, "Circles". Simone's performance involves her playing Charles Ives' Concord Sonata which is juxtaposed with images of The Fulbright Triptych. The theme is of circles and the journey that we all are on, and how we find ourselves.

"Looking at Who We Are: The Palmer at Fifty," September 23 - December 18, 2022, will feature The Fulbright Triptych. This is the last exhibit at the Palmer Museum before the museum closes. The New Palmer Museum is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2023.

Washington, DC, Premiere of George Crumb's Metamorphoses Book II, Margaret Leng Tan, piano, is presented at Concerts from the Library of Congress, November 19, 2022. The Suite of 10 works relate to Crumb's musical response to works of art. Included in this group is a drawing of mine, Purple Haze, as well as music relating to Wyeth Van Gogh, Klimt, Gauguin, Chagall, etc. Images of the works will be projected during the performance.

Palmer Museum of Art, Penn. State University, University Park, PA, Inaugural exhibition of the new Palmer Museum, Spring, 2024


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