Ernest Fiene (11/02/1894-08/10/1965) was born in Germany. He was a painter, lithographer, teacher, engraver, illustrator and WPA muralist. He moved to New York city in 1912, and built a studio in Woodstock eight years later. His subject matter ranged from the countryside to urban and industrial images. According to the "American Art Analog," Fiene believed that the artist should address the interaction of humans and their environment, and that each work of art should have a clear and readable message. Fiene had his first solo exhibition at The Whitney Studio Club in 1923, and continued to exhibit his work extensively. His works won several awards including the Chicago Art Institute Norman Wait Harris Prize (1937), a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1932), a Carnegie honorable Mention (1938), and the Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize (1961). He was a teacher at Cooper Union(1938-39), the Art Students League (1938-65), the School of Art Studies (1945-46), the Fashion Institute (1944-46), the Ogunquit School of Painting (1950-51), and the National Academy of Design (1960-65). His work is included in the collections of the Los Angeles Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum, the New York Public Library, and others. He died in 1965.