Loretta Kaufman is a first generation Croatian-American sculptor and painter.  Originally

from New York, raised in Venezuela, she has lived and worked in the Bahamas and South

Africa. Loretta now maintains a studio in Nashville. Educated at Palm Beach Jr. College and

the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale in Florida, Kaufman studied under ceramic artist

Mohaczy-Matic in Pretoria.  During the 1970's, in South Africa, Loretta's work was hand

built earthernware.  Humidors, wall tiles and sculptures were produced  for retailers in

Pretoria and Johannesburg.  Over the years she has found that work in one medium can give

her an idea for something in another.  Her ideas have been interpreted in several media

including clay, wood, fiber and paint.  The sparks that start the process and the inspiration

behind Loretta's work are the natural world and the life around us.

Loretta's paintings and sculpture have been exhibited in over 170

solo, invitational, juried, national/international exhibitions.  She has

received several international awards for her sculpture and paintings;

in 2017 Loretta was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime

Achievement Award for her decades-long involvement in the visual

arts.  Kaufman was a faculty member of the Greenville County

Museum of Art School where she taught sculpture, has completed

numerous residencies in the South Carolina Arts Commission Arts in

Education Program, was a Visiting Artist at the University of South

Carolina, and presented many workshops.  She is  an Emeritus

member of Piedmont Craftsmen (clay) and a member of the National

Association of Women Artists.  Articles and reviews of Loretta's work

have been published in Atlanta Art Papers, Boston Herald, Charlotte

Observer and Ceramics Monthly.    South Carolina ETV has produced

several monographs about Loretta.  Her full biography is listed in both

Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who In America.