Nathan Glick

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Nathan H. Glick (born in Birmingham) is an artist and illustrator best known for his combat scenes drawn during World War II and for his illustrations in several books on Alabama history. He was also art director for The Progressive Farmer magazine and the designer of the heavy bronze doors cast in 1940 for the Alabama Department of Archives and History building.

Glick was born in Birmingham but finished high school in Montgomery. He continued his artistic studies under Eric Pape and George Ennis in New York, New York and studied animal anatomy under James L. Clarke at the American Museum of Natural History.

During the 1930s he was art director for the Paragon Press, which published works by state archivist Marie Bankhead Owen on Alabama history. He provided illustrations for the books and she suggested that he design scenes from the states history to be cast in bronze for the doors to the new archives building which opened in 1940.

During World War II, Glick was assigned as combat artist for the 9th Air Force. His dramatic scenes of aerial combat were drawn from life as he toured North Africa, France, India and the Pacific with the service. His drawings were sent out by the Air Force's public relations department to publications all around the world, including Yank, Stars and Stripes, The Illustrated London News, Life and Parade.

After the war, Glick came to Birmingham and worked as art editor and illustrator for The Progressive Farmer from 1957 to 1977. He continued to illustrate books on Alabama history and contributed to a series of fourteen murals at the Forest Heritage Center in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Glick also also produces drawings, lithographs and paintings privately. He is represented locally by Lyda Rose Art Gallery in Homewood.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Glick at the first Aviation Art Expo at the Southern Museum of Flight in December 2008. Future awards will be named in his honor.


  • Owen, Marie Bankhead
  • Brown, Virginia Pounds and Laurella Owens (1983) The World of the Southern Indians
  • Brown, Virginia Pounds (1985) Southern Indian Myths and Legends


  • Few, John (November 6, 2008) "Noted WWII artist Nathan Glick visits Demopolis." Demopolis Times
  • Strickland, Susan (November 30, 2008) "Southeastern Aviation Art Expo gala set." Birmingham News

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