Joseph Hirsch (04/25/1910-09/21/1981) was born in Philadelphia. Hirsch has been described as "an allegorical, figurative, still-life and portrait painter who also worked as a draftsman." Hirsch traveled throughout Asia, Europe, North Africa, Italy, and the South Pacific as an artist correspondent for the Navy. The drawings and paintings emerging from this endeavor are presently located at the US Army Center of Military History and in the Navy Art Collection. Hirsch taught at the Chicago Art Institute School, the American Art School (NYC), the University of Utah, the Art Students League, Dartmouth College, Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and the National Academy of Design. In addition he was elected as a member of the American Academy Institute of Art and Letters in 1967, largely the result of having acted as founding member and treasurer of the Artists Equity. Although he did actively participate in a wide variety of both one-man and group exhibitions at museums throughout the United States, his notoriety was largely derived from a set of murals commissioned by the Federal Works Progress Administration in the 1930's. In 1981 he passed away at the age of 71, due to cancer related causes. It is reported that he continued to paint up until the very day of his death. Hirsch's artwork is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney in New York; the National Gallery, the Corcoran, and the Hirshhorn in Washington D.C., and in many major collections across the nation.