Philadelphia-based artist, Jerome Kaplan earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Print Center in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, American Color Print Society, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Seattle Art Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Kaplan’s work can be found in museum collections both nationally and internationally including the Museum of Modern Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the British Museum.
Kaplan served as the department chair and professor of the Printmaking Department at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, formerly the Philadelphia College of Art. He was an active member of the Print Center of Philadelphia. In 1961, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship as a result of his work, A Portfolio of White House Etchings, presented to President Jimmy Carter. After Kaplan died in 1997, his wife Anne was faced with the task of organizing his work. This led to the founding of the Senior Artists Initiative (SAI) in 1998, a Philadelphia-based organization that educates senior artists about the management and preservation of their estate and their artistic legacy.