Ribicoff, Belle Krasne, 1924-

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Belle Krasne Ribicoff (b. 1924) lives in Hartford, Connecticut and has served as an arts editor, critic, and university administrator.

Ribicoff was born and raised in New York City. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in art history from Vassar College in 1945. After a brief stint with an advertising agency in New York, Ribicoff became Assistant Editor at Magazine of Art (1946-1947), where she developed an interest in contemporary art. She served as editor for such publications as Art News (1948-1949), Art Digest (1949-1954), and Craft Horizons (1954-1955).

In 1955, she married Irving S. Ribicoff (1915-1994), an attorney and moved to Hartford, Connecticut. The Ribicoffs' had two daughters, Dara (b. 1956) and Sarai (1957-1980).

Ribicoff has held various positions at the University of Hartford: Development Director at the Hartford School of Art (1980-1981), Development Liaison to the Office of President (1982-1988), and Associate Vice President for Public Affairs (1980-1983). Belle Krasne Ribicoff has served as a professional volunteer for educational and cultural organizations in Connecticut; she has been involved in efforts to make the arts a part of the school curriculum. She was Vice-President of the Hartford Board of Education (1961-1967; 1965-1971) and was Chairman of the State of Connecticut's Commission on the Arts (1965-1971). Ribicoff is a Life Director at the Hartford Stage Company and a Life Regent at the University of Hartford. She is a Sterling Fellows at Yale University and sits on the President's Advisory Committee at Vassar College.

Belle Krasne Ribicoff has received recognition for her professional and public service contributions by a number of institutions. In 1954, she received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for critical writing from the College Art Association. Other honors have included: Charter Oak Leadership Medal for Distinguished Service (1968), the University of Hartford Medal for Distinguished Service (1995), and the Spirit of Vassar award for outstanding commitment and service to Vassar or another community (2005).

From the guide to the Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers, 1942-circa 2010, bulk 1945-2004, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Hook, Keith, b. 1917. Keith Hook papers, 1948-1979. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Belle Krasne letter to Philip Pavia Archives of American Art
creatorOf Belle Krasne Ribicoff papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn Catherine Viviano Gallery records Archives of American Art
creatorOf Ribicoff, Belle K. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1970. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Albee, Edward, 1928- person
associatedWith Arp, Jean, 1887-1966. person
associatedWith Ashton, Dore, 1928-2017 person
associatedWith Bailey, William, 1930- person
associatedWith Bazaine, Jean, 1904-2001. person
associatedWith Benn, Ben, 1884- person
associatedWith Bloom, Claire, 1931- person
associatedWith Catherine Viviano corporateBody
associatedWith Catherine Viviano Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Chelimsky, Oscar. person
associatedWith Cornell, Joseph person
associatedWith De Vries, Peter, 1910-1993 person
associatedWith D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968 person
associatedWith Dorazio, Piero, 1927- person
associatedWith Dorazio, Virginia Dortch person
associatedWith Ferren, John, 1905-1970 person
associatedWith Fitzsimmons, James, 1919-1985 person
associatedWith Foote, Horton person
associatedWith Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011. person
associatedWith Geist, Sidney person
associatedWith Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974 person
associatedWith Graham, John, 1887-1961 person
associatedWith Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994 person
associatedWith Greene, Balcomb, 1904-1990 person
associatedWith Holty, Carl, 1900-1973 person
associatedWith Hook, Keith, b. 1917. person
associatedWith Kazan, Elia person
associatedWith Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923- person
associatedWith Krautheimer, Richard, 1897- person
associatedWith Lamos, Mark person
associatedWith Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964 person
associatedWith Matisse, Pierre, 1900-1989 person
associatedWith Morris, George L. K. 1905-1975 person
associatedWith Parsons, Estelle person
associatedWith Pavia, Philip, 1915-2005. person
associatedWith Pearlstein, Philip, 1924- person
sibling-in-law of Ribicoff, Abraham, 1910-1998 person
associatedWith Richardson, Edgar Preston, 1902- person
associatedWith Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff, 1907-1978 person
associatedWith Rosenborg, Ralph M., 1913-1992 person
associatedWith Roszak, Theodore, 1907-1981 person
associatedWith Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961 person
associatedWith Salpeter, Harry person
associatedWith Shapiro, Karl Jay, 1913- person
associatedWith Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901- person
associatedWith Smith, David, 1906-1965 person
associatedWith Soby, James Thrall, 1906-1979 person
associatedWith Storm King Art Center corporateBody
associatedWith Travers, P. L. (Pamela Lyndon), 1899-1996 person
associatedWith Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954 person
associatedWith Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972 person
associatedWith Wadsworth Atheneum corporateBody
associatedWith Yunkers, Adja, 1900-1983 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Hartford CT US
Art, American
Art critics
Art critics
University administrator


Birth 1924

Active 2007




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