SELECTED AWARDS

1993

Illinois Academy of Fine Arts: IAFA Awards '93 Nominee

1988

Elected "The 1988 Honoree" to The Hall of Fame, The Pastel Society of America

1985

Popular Vote Award, The Pastel Society of America

1984

The Marie Devor Memorial Award, The Pastel Society of America

1984

Elected a "Master Pastelist", The Pastel Society of America

1984

Knickerbocker Artists' Award

1982

Appointed Honorary Citizen of Nashville, TN

1982

Lever House Award, The Pastel Society of America

1981

“Exceptional Merit”, The Pastel Society of America

1981

Dr. Leonard Cammer Memorial Award, The Pastel Society of America

1979

Board of Directors Award, The Pastel Society of America

1976

“Best Figure” Tiro A. Segno Foundation Award, The Pastel Society of America

1974

Paul Puzinas Memorial Prize for Oil Painting, Allied Artists of America

1966

Minnie R. Stern Medal for Oil Painting, 24th Annual Exhibition, Audubon Artists

1955

National Exhibition of Advertising & Editorial Art & Design, The Art Directors Club of NYC

1954

National Exhibition of Advertising & Editorial Art & Design, The Art Directors Club of NYC

1948

“Most Creative Painting” Award for Oil, 7th Annual Exhibition Audubon Artists

 
 "The Deluge" - 1948

"The Deluge" - 1948

The artist with the right background for painting the portrait of Ring Lardner's Champion, page 33, was the thirty-eight-year-old Gustav Rehberger, a former all-around athlete, who, despite his two-hundred-pound physique, is still one of the top-rinking table-tennis players in the country. An added recommendation was one critic's comment that Rehberger is the "Hemingway of painting." This is not to say that all of his subjects have hair on their chests; but his work is notable for t he artist's ability to get down to fundamentals whever the theme. Rehberger tells us that he'd rather paint a storm "than a blond en deshabille" and that when he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces his work was shown at the National Galleries of London. Most recent of his prize winners was "Deluge" which took the top award as "most creative painting" in the last annual national Audubon Artists' Exhibition in New York.
 

1942

Exhibition of Advertising Art, Art Directors Club of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago

1938

Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago, IL

1925

Four First Prizes and one Third Prize, Boys Week Exposition at the Navy Pier, Chicago, IL