Born in Pennsylvania, Anna Marie Magagna Hyde graduated from Marywood in 1950 with a BA in Fine Arts and Drama. She continued her studies at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, which led her down an unforgettable career path.
Under her professional name, (Anna Marie Magagna), she has been exhibited in one- woman and group shows including the Society of Illustrators in New York City, and The Raymond Burr Gallery on the west coast.
Her drawings for Pearl S. Buck’s book, Christmas Miniature (The John Day Company, 1958), were shown in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and her work is included in the New York Historical Society’s “Two Hundred Years of American Illustration”. Her book illustrations also include the classic, Five Little Peppers, (MacMillan, 1962), and Little Men and Little Women, (Grosset & Dunlap, 1963). Magagna has also been published by Doubleday & Co., St. Martins Press, Citadel Press, and Harper & Row.
Anna Marie was the exclusive artist for Bendel from late 1969 through the early 1970’s. When the fashion look changed in Europe, the President of Bendel, Geraldine Stutz, wanted to change the look for Bendel. Anna Marie then adapted the look of Bendel from elegant to edgy at the start of the new decade. Gerladine Stutz discovered Anna Marie in 1969. For the early 70s, Geraldine Stutz wanted to be consistent with the Bendel look; and, only Anna Marie’s drawings continued to advertise Stephen’s work for Bendel, in the NY Times.
Through the 1970s, Anna Marie Magagna has produced fashion art for many companies including Henri Bendel, Christian Dior, Jordan Marsh, Joseph Horne, Bloomingdales, Higbee’s, Lord & Taylor, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, and corporate art for Rohm & Hass, U.S. Rubber, Better Vision Institution, Public Affairs Committee City of NY, and the Cornell University School of Medicine.
After a successful career in illustration, Anna Marie is now concentrating on the fine arts. Her focus is two- fold: portrait work, particularly women and children, and conceptual mood pieces. Strong in drawing, her medium of choice is pastel.
Since 1996, Anna Marie Magagna has had three solo exhibitions as well as several group shows. She has served on the faculty of Pratt Institute and Marist College, New York, the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, New Jersey, and the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Anna Marie Magagna Hyde currently resides in Scarsdale, New York where she lived with her husband, Edwin N. Hyde (d.2006). In December 2011, she completed a commissioned portrait of the former chairman of preventative medicine, Dr. Kurt W Deuschle, which hangs in the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.
Now, Anna Marie’s vintage fashion art for Geraldine Stutz, will be featured in an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, opening March 22, 2013, titled “Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced”.
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