Philip Peter Kovinick


Title: Writer

Los Angeles, California, United States

Philip Peter Kovinick, Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Humanities.

Philip Peter Kovinick, who is also a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, has possessed a love of research, particularly of the early West, since his pre-teen years in Detroit. In early 1936 his dreams of visiting the factual and fictional regions depicted in books came true when his dad, a Detroit police officer, was given an early retirement due to an injury suffered while on duty. The family headed west, making stops at various places before reaching Venice, California. During the years following his graduation from Venice High School in 1942, Mr. Kovinick led a peripatetic existence. He worked at various jobs and made brief stops in several colleges.

In the late 1940s, Mr. Kovinick moved to Northern California to complete his education at Chico State College, now California State University at Chico, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1954 and a Master of Arts in 1955. Soon after, he began a long career at Lennox High School in Lawndale, where he was a teacher and chair of the Social Studies Department until his retirement in 1981. During these years his weekends and vacations were spent at research centers and traveling coast to coast for information on American artists.

Mr. Kovinick, who has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1976, has lectured widely on artists of the West. These events have been held at such places as UCLA, The Getty Center, Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, and Palm Springs Desert Museum. Over the years he has also co-curated four exhibitions and written an extensive catalogue for one, The Women Artist of the American West, 1860-1960, held in 1976. In addition, he has authored, co-authored and consulted on a number of publications, including Contemporary International Problems: A Comparative Political, Economic, and Cultural Analysis; John Frost: A Quiet Mastery; The Art of Edwin Roscoe Shrader; A Seed of Modernism: The Art Students League of Los Angeles; Emerging From the Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California; Publications in Southern California Art, Volume VI; and the Kovinicks’ 1998 National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Award winner, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West.

One of the highlights of Mr. Kovinick’s career undoubtedly was his close professional relationship with the late Dr. William H. Goetzmann, a Pulitzer Prize historian, who wrote the foreword for An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West, which included the following unforgettable words: “Their book represents one of the truly monumental research tasks of ours or any other time.”


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