Sidney Hurwitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1932. He studied at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Brandeis University and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Boston University. Under a Fulbright Fellowship he continued his studies in Germany at the Stuttgart Academy of Art and in Maine at the Skowhegan School. He taught at Wellesley College, Brandeis University, and Amherst College. Hurwitz is Professor Emeritus at Boston University where he taught for over thirty years.
Working primarily in woodcut and later intaglio, Hurwitz has exhibited his work widely both in America and abroad. The artist received a number of awards, among them a Fulbright Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters Prize and a fellowship from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Design.
Hurwitz's work is included in numerous public collections. Among them are the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum, Library of Congress Print Collection, the Boston Public Library Print Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Krakow National Museum, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Many corporate and private collections also include his work.
Hurwitz has exhibited his prints in many juried exhibitions including the British Print Biennial, Krakow Print Biennial, Boston Printmakers North American, National Academy of Design, Library of Congress, Society of American Graphic Artists and Philadelphia Print Center.
For the past few years Hurwitz produced a number of hand-colored aquatints based on imagery from the steel industry and related industrial and urban subjects.