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Published on May 12, 2013
Mark Podwal may have been best known initially for his drawings on The New York Times OP-ED page. In addition, he is the author and illustrator of numerous books. Most - Podwal's own as well as those he has illustrated for others - typically focus on Jewish legend, history and tradition. His art is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum and the Library of Congress, among many others.
Beyond his works on paper, Podwal's artistry has been employed in an array of diverse projects, including designing new embroidered textiles for Prague's seven hundred year old synagogue, the Altneuschul. In 1996, the French government named Podwal an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters and in 2011, he received the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award from the Foundation for Jewish Culture.