Hava Mehutan

Biographical Notes

Hava Mehutan was born in 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. In 1944 she married Asher Fischman, and in 1946 immigrated to Israel and was among the founders of Kibbutz Hatzor, where her son Daniel was born. In 1950 she moved to Beersheba, where her son Shlomi and her daughter Lea were born. Mehutan moved to Jerusalem in 1985, and since 1997 has resided in Karmiel.

Public Appointments

1963-1984                     Headed the Negev Museum of Art

1968-1979                     Served as art advisor to the Mayor of Beersheba. In this capacity she established the Center of Visual Art and the Youth Arts Center in Beersheba.

1970-1975                     Member of the Israeli Council for Culture and Art

1975-1992                     Member of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Art Council

1985-1992                     Member of the Tel Aviv Foundation for Literature and Art

1989-1992                     Member of the Israel Prize Arts Committee

Teaching Positions

1974-1978                     Critiqued final projects by students at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

1976                               Taught environmental art as a guest lecturer at the Ein Hod Art School

1981-1982, 1987 1976        Taught environmental art as a guest lecturer at the University of Haifa

1978-1979, 1981          Guest lecturer in sculpture workshops in several art colleges in the USA

1985                               Resident artist at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem

1987                               Resident artist at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, USA

1990                               Taught drawing at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

1998-89                          Taught sculpture at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1997                               Resident artist at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

Selected One-Person Shows

1955                             Sculptures and Drawings, Mikra Studio, Tel Aviv

1959                             Sculptures, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum

1968                             Processions and Offerings, Old Jaffa Gallery, Tel Aviv

                                      Offering, the Negev Museum of Art, Beersheba

1972                             Sculptures, Schwarz House, Herzliya

1977                             Landscapes and Signals, Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv

                                      Landscapes and Signals, Liraz Gallery, Beersheba

                                      Landscapes and Signals, Mitzpeh Ramon Gallery, Mitzpeh Ramon

1978                             Sculptures, Screen Prints, Collages, Center of Visual Art, Beersheba

1978-1979                   Landscapes of the Negev, traveling exhibition in the USA: YM-YWHA Gallery, Philadelphia; Keystone College, Pennsylvania; Erica Williams/Anne Johnson Gallery, Seattle, Washington; The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

1980                             Lackawanna Valley, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa

1981                             Lackawanna, traveling exhibition in the USA: Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania; Bloomsburg State University Gallery, Pennsylvania; Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

                                      Lackawanna II, America-Israel Cultural Center, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz HaZore’a

1983                             Birth, Center of Visual Art, Beersheba

                                      Paper River, the Jerusalem Theater, Jerusalem

1984                             New Works, Avraham Baron University Gallery, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba

1986                             Situation 86, Mishkenot Sha’ananim Gallery, Jerusalem

1987                             Situation 87, Ika Brown Artists’ Studios Gallery, Jerusalem

1989                             Situation 88, Herzliya Museum

                                      Works, Beersheba Museum of Israeli Art, Beersheba

1990                             Works on Paper, Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz HaZore’a

1996                             Bronze, New Artists’ Quarter Gallery, Kiryat Tivon

                                      Bronze, Performing Arts Center, Tel Aviv

2000                             Heavenly Ladder, Municipality Building, Karmiel

2002                             Threshold Gift, After Gallery, Ma’alot

2003                             Threshold Gift, Beit Gabriel on the Kinneret, Tzemach

2004                             Illusions, Municipality Building, Karmiel

2010                             Shattered Bridge, Beit Yad Labanim, Karmiel

2011                             Childhood Memories, Tal Gallery, Kfar Vradim

2013                             A House Built on Sand, Yigal Allon House, Kibbutz Ginosar

Selected Group Shows

1957                             Sculpture Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Haifa

                                      General Exhibition of Israeli Artists, Tel Aviv Museum

1958                             Sculpture in Israel, 1948-1958, Museum of Art, Ein Harod

1959                             Sculpture Biennale, Middelheim, Belgium

1960                             Contemporary Israeli Art, Museum of Modern Art, Paris

                                      Artists of Beersheba, Negev Museum of Art, Beersheba

                                      Israeli Art 1960, Dizengoff House, Tel Aviv Museum

                                      Modern Art in Israel 1960, Israeli Association of Painters and Sculptors, traveling                                        exhibition: Artist’s House, Tel Aviv; Artist’s House, Jerusalem; Artist’s House,                                               Haifa

                                      Garden Sculptures, Second Sculpture Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Haifa

                                      Paintings Donated to the Kolb Foundation, Dizengoff House, Tel Aviv Museum

1962                             Forma Viva, International Sculpture Symposium, Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia

1963                             Israeli Artists 1963, Tel Aviv Museum

1965                             São Paulo Biennale

                                      Israeli Artists 1963, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum

1968                             Painting and Sculpture, Sharett Foundation, Jerusalem

                                      Autumn Salon, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum

1969                             Sculpture in Israel, Museum of Art, Ein Harod

1970                             Israeli Art: Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design from the Collection of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Tel Aviv Museum

1973                             Self-Portrait in Israeli Art, Museum of Modern Art, Haifa

1977                             Teachers of the Center of Visual Art, Beersheba, Artists’ House, Jerusalem

1978                             Art Show 78, Keystone College, Pennsylvania

                                      Art from Beersheba, Boone National Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1979                             Art for Architecture, Interior Design& Décor, Suzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1980                             The Myth of Canaan, University Gallery, Haifa University

                                      Some Aspects of Human Representation, Museum of Modern Art, Haifa

1981                             Bloomsburg State University Gallery, Pennsylvania

                                      Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                                      Sculpture, Paintings, Collage, Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

1982                             From the Studio: Works on Paper, American Cultural Center, Tel Aviv

1983                             Paper Workshop, Center of Visual Art, Beersheba

                                      The Negev Desert in Israeli Art, Avraham Baron University Gallery, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba

                                      Nature as Inspiration, Museum of Modern Art, Haifa; traveling exhibition

1984                             Art in Israel, traveling exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Artists’ House, Jerusalem (1985)

                                      Mt. Sodom, environmental art event, Mt. Sodom

                                      Mt. Sodom, photography exhibition, Avraham Baron University Gallery, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba

                                      Eighty Years of Sculpture, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

                                      Tree, Plank, Branch, traveling exhibition in Israel, Omanut La’am

                                      Hinnom Valley, environmental art event, Hinnom Valley, Jerusalem

                                      Works on Paper, American Cultural Center, Tel Aviv

1985                             Installations, Hakibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv

                                      Nitzana Terminal 85, environmental art event, Nitzana Terminal

                                      Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, Artists’ House, Jerusalem

1986                             Paper as Art, Arad Museum

                                      Rain Trough, at the environmental art event “Sculpture on the Edge of the Ramon Crater,” Ramon Crater

1987                             Landscape Structures, Herzliya Museum

                                      Tel Hai 87: Contemporary Art Encounter, environmental art event, Tel Hai

1988                             Forty from Israel, Brooklyn Museum, New York City; traveling exhibition: Florida, Rome, Amsterdam, Vienna, Warsaw, Mexico City

                                      Sculpture in Israel: In Search of Identity, the Open Museum, Tefen

                                      The Sacrifice of Isaac in Israeli Art, Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan

                                      Modern Drawing, New Concepts, Museum of Modern Art, Haifa

1989                             Israeli Art, Beersheba Museum of Art

                                      In the shadow of conflict: Israeli Art 1980-1989, the Jewish Museum, New York City

1990                             Peaceful Boundary: Israeli-Palestinian Art Encounter, Givat Haviva Center; American Cultural Center, Jerusalem

                                      Three-Dimensional Paper Works, Wilfrid Israel Museum of Asian Art & Studies, Kibbutz Hazore’a

                                      Paper Art, Visual Arts College, Beersheba

                                      New Israeli Acquisitions, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

                                      Night Interior, Artists’ Studios, Jerusalem

1991                             Contemporary Israeli Sculpture, traveling exhibition, Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan; Hara Museum, Tokyo; Fukuoka City Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (1992)

1992                             Bad Art: Artist’s Choice, Artists’ Studios, Tel Aviv; Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

1993                             Stone in the Galilee International Sculpture Symposium, Ma’alot Tarshiha

                                      Enclosed is a Matchbox, Art Workshop, Yavne

1994                             Artists on Paper, Railway Station Gallery, Beersheba

                                      Passages, Navon Gallery, Moshav Neve Ilan

                                      Mega-Watt, Electric Company, Jerusalem

1995                             Local Code, Migdal Gallery, Tel Aviv

1996                             Group Exhibition, Migdal, Frisch Building, Tel Aviv

1997                             Duet, Nora Gallery, Jerusalem

1998                             Women Artists in Israel Art 1948-1998, Museum of Art, Haifa

                                      The Negev: Fifty Years to the State of Israel, Beth Yad Labanim, Beersheba

                                      Teachers and Students, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1999                             From Nature to Culture: Art in Paper, the Open Museum, Omer Industrial Park

2001                             International Festival of Visual Art, Acco

2008                             Sixty Years of Art in Israel: The First Decade, 1948-1958: A Hegemony and a Plurality, Museum of Art, Ein Harod

2012                             Trees, the Apter Barrer Arts Center, Maalot

Selected Sculptures and Environmental Works in Israeli Public Venues


Sowing, memorial monument: marble, Kibbutz Hatzor

Woman and Bird, wood; and Landscape in Boxes, marble and steel, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Man and Bird, marble; and Procession, wood, Museum of Art, Ein Harod

Offering, mahogany relief, Cultural Council, Kibbutz Ein Harod

Cain, mahogany, the Negev Museum, Beersheba

Two Figures, oak, Beersheba Municipality

Manifestation, marble; Coal Presence, clay; Canoes, paper and plastic tubes (5 parts); Mask, hand-made paper, Haifa Museum of Art

Nest, wood, lead, iron, and plaster; Ram, wood relief; Five Masks, hand-made paper, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Manifestation, steel and water, the Negev Nuclear Research Center, Dimona

Three Figures, clay, Weizmann Institute of Science

Seated Figure, marble, El Al Collection, Ben-Gurion Airport

Wood relief, Municipal Library, Beersheba

Wood relief, Soldier's Welfare Association, Beersheba

Decorative Mural, teak wood, City Council Hall, Municipality, Beersheba

Memorial to Holocaust Victims, iron, Beersheba cemetery

Wood relief, the Technological Center, Beersheba

Wood relief, teak wood, Laborers’ Council, Beersheba

Mural, aluminum, Tel Aviv

Memorial mural, Ofakim Municipality

Situation 87, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Corner Piece, basalt stone; Coal Presence, teak wood; Sand-Dune Landscape, stone, Karmiel Municipality

Mount Sodom, environmental work: earth and burlap bags, Mount Sodom

 Hinnom Valley, environmental work: Hinnom Valley, Jerusalem

Half a Bridge, environmental work: Nitzana Terminal

Rain Trough, environmental work: limestone, Mitzpeh Ramon Sculpture Garden

Passage, environmental work: iron, concrete, and plaster, Tel Hai

Environment, environmental work: Kiryat Nordau Sculpture Park, Netanya

Figure (Shadow), environmental work: river stones and concrete, Ma’alot

Stages, wood, Tal Gallery, Kfar Vradim

Mountains, iron, Galilee Park, Karmiel

Selected Sculptures and Environmental Works in International Public Venues


Procession, Sculpture Garden, Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia

Signal, marble and steel, Seattle Municipality, Seattle, Washington

Lackawanna, Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lackawanna, Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

Lackawanna, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Lackawanna, San Francisco Museum, San Francisco, California

Wrapped Landscape, basalt stone and lead, Bloomsburg State University, Pennsylvania

Coal Presence, basalt stone and plastic, Keystone College, Pennsylvania

Mask, wall relief, plaster bandages, San Francisco Museum, San Francisco, California


1956                               America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant

1959                               The Histadruth Award for Sculpture

1965                               Sculpture Award, Eighth Biennale of São Paolo, Brazil

 1976                              The Dizengoff Award for Sculpture

1996                               The Ish Shalom Award for Life’s Work

2015                               Honorary Degree, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia