"Autumn Woods" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"Untitled #1" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"Light Coming Through" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"4th Day" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"6th Day" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"Sunrise (on the beach)" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"7th Day" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"Untitled #2" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"In the Woods" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"Confrontation" oil on paper, 22” x3 0”
"Pink" oil on paper, 21” x 19.5”
"Field" oil on canvas, 22” x 20”
"Composition in Yellows and Purples" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
"The Path" oil on linen, 38” x 32”
"Woods" oil on paper, 30” x 22”
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Deborah Zuchman

Philadelphia, PA


Artist Statement

Man has not yet subdued nature in reality or in the imagination.

Painting the forest and the landscape is a spiritual and material activity in harmony with birth, growth, death, re-birth, light, darkness, isolation and communion.

My work presents the spirit of the materiality of paint so that memories of places become expressions of feeling and meaning.

Artist Bio

Deborah Gross-Zuchman, a Philadelphia painter, was an Art Demonstration Teacher and taught in the Philadelphia Public Schools for thirty-five years. She also worked as a Project Manager for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program for several years. Gross-Zuchman paints en plein air and from her imagination. She explores the fine line between landscape and abstraction.  

A book of her poems and paintings, Windows Into War (A Mother’s Lament), is published by Abingdon Square Publishers, NY

The Essential Seder, a Passover Haggadah, has an emphasis on social justice and freedom and is illustrated with her collages. It is published by Behrman House Publishing.

Becky’s Braids, written by Susan Weiss and illustrated by Gross-Zuchman is a story about a little girl with the messiest hair until her grandmother comes to visit and teaches her to make braided challah.

Effectations is about  man’s isolation and search for meaning. Deborah’s paintings are alongside her son Will’s poetry and is available upon request.


Goddard Graduate Program at Norwich University, Norwich, VT
M.A. Painting

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
B.A. Liberal Arts

Teaching Experience

Senior Career Teacher, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

1992 - 2004
Art Demonstration Teacher, William Penn High School, Philadelphia, PA

Art Teacher, Olney Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA

Art Teacher, Barrett Junior High School, Philadelphia, PA

Lincoln High School, Philadelphia, PA; Art Teacher,

Art Teacher, Harding Junior High School, Philadelphia, PA

Accomplishments in Education

Mentored Temple University Art Student Teachers

Implemented campus beautification program through students’ mosaic designs, murals, and creation of student art gallery

Coordinated student exhibition at Brandywine Art Gallery

Procured scholarships for students’ attendance in weekend and summer art programs throughout Philadelphia

Developed partnership with Architecture in Education program

Hosted visiting artist workshops

Personal Accomplishments

Published The Essential Seder A Contemporary Haggadah, Behrman House Publishers

Recipient of Puffin Foundation Grant

2000 & 2001
Illustrated Book Jackets for Jason Aronson Publishers

Recipient of the Hunt Manufacturing Grant

Recipient of the Arts Empowerment Grant

25th Annual Juried Exhibition Award, Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Seventh Annual Juried Water Color Show Jurors’ Award, Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission

Philadelphia Water Color Club Prize, Annual Exhibition

Woodmere Art Museum Flower Painting Prize, 44th Annual Juried Exhibition


Artist’s Equity, Philadelphia Chapter

Philadelphia Water Color Club; Signature Member

National Association of Women in the Arts



Visiting Artist Fellow 1999-2000; Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Exhibitions

Landscapes on the edge of Abstraction, Knife Paintings in Oil and Wax by Phillip and Deborah Zuchman, Studio 34, Philadelphia, PA 

Delaware Center for Horticulture, RCWA, Wilmington, DE

Artists Equity Tri-State Member Show, Wallingford Community Art Center, Wallingford, PA

Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Perelman Jewish Life Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Creative Capital, Thomas Eakins House, Philadelphia, PA

New Arts Program

2008, 2009
Art in a Box, Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York City, NY

Kenneseth Israel and Temple Judea Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Windows into War (Solo Show), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

New Work in Collage (Solo Show), Hopkins House Gallery, Hadden Township, NJ

Three Views of Spain, Artjaz Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Summer Landscapes, Conkling Hall Gallery, Rensellaerville, NY

Toxic Landscapes, La Biblioteca National Jose Marti, Havana Cuba

Works on Paper, Berman Museum, Collegeville, PA

Temple Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appel Art Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ

Art Teachers Exhibition, Nexus Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Creation and Celebration, Sholom Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ

Shelter, Brandeis-Bardin Institute, Brandeis, CA

This Song’s for You, Bistro Bix, Philadelphia, PA

Small Oil Painting Show, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

The Still Life in Art, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Invitational Show, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Women Artists of Philadelphia, Wallingford Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA         

University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA


Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Denver, CO & San Diego, CA

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Hillel Foundation, Chapel Hill, NC

Stroehmann Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Temple Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill, NJ

Temple Beth Zion - Beth Israel, Philadelphia, PA

Temple Adath Israel of the Main Line, Merion, PA


New York Times Art Review, April 4, 1999; Fred Adelson on the Seventh Annual Juried Water Color Show at Hopkins Gallery, Haddonfield, NJ: "...Ms.Zuchman has successfully combined the still life arrangement of Cezanne, the decorative patterning of Matisse and the whimsy of Red Grooms.”

New York Times Art Review, September 27, 1998; Fred Adelson on “May You Be Inscribed...”; Appel Art Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ

Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 1994; Susan Caba: “A Work in Progress”

The Weekly Press, March 25, 1993; Stephen Maleson: “Home is Where the Art Is”

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