Marvin Sadik was born June 27, 1932 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father, Harry Benjamin Sadik, was a traveling salesman. His mother was Florence Askenis. Marvin attended Harvard, majoring in Art History. In 1961, he became museum director at Bowdoin College. Between 1967-1969, he was the founding director of the Art Museum at the University of Connecticut. From 1969-1981 he was director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. As of 2007, he is the owner of Marvin Sadik Fine Arts, Inc.
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