Stew Birbrower – art director, director, painter

stewStew Birbrower passed away during the summer of 2014.  He was the first art director I ever worked with and was one of the very best. His spirit will always be with me and with our firm. Here is his very brief bio. After graduating from Syracuse University, he played semi pro baseball and served in  the military. Upon his return, he married, started a family and began a great career on Madison Avenue. Stew worked with me at Young & Rubicam for twenty years and then served as co-creative director on the Coca Cola account at McCann Erickson. He switched gears and started his own TV production company in 1980 winning many awards. He took up painting and sold several to serious investors. Stew created and directed two films and two important public services television campaigns. For work on “Darkness to Light”, which campaigns against child abuse, he received The President’s “Points of Light Award” with letters of thanks from both George Bush. Stew and his wife Sylvia moved for a few years to Kiawah Island but never had time for golf. Then he moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the world of film and advertising and some of his many grandchildren. If you would care to see just one of his literally hundreds of commercials, go to the client section or front page and view the commercial he art directed and directed with Dyan Cannon for The Hemangioma Treatment Foundation.