(Kuhn Gallery) As part of the “Art of War” veterans program, artist Wilma Siegel, MD is exhibiting portraits and “conversations” with veterans in the Kuhn Family Gallery.
Dr. Siegel was born in Philadelphia. As a seven-year-old, she vowed that she would either become a physician or an artist when she grew up. Although a medical career ultimately won out (she graduated from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1962), she continued studying and refining her skills as an artist throughout her years as a practicing physician. Retired since 1990, Dr. Siegel devoted nearly 20 years as an oncologist and educator at Montefiore Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. She later served as medical director of the Ritter Scheurer Hospice at Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx. Dr. Siegel studied sculpture with Bruno Lucchesi at the New School in New York from 1974 to 1984, and art at the National Academy of Design in New York from 1989 to 1993. The recipient of several watercolor awards, Dr. Siegel’s paintings are found in numerous private collections. Dr. Siegel exhibits primarily in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and New York, where she resides.