Arthur Meltzer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1893.
His training in art first began at the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. After World War I, he pursued his art studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Robert Kochler, Joseph Pearson, and Daniel Garber. In 1921, Meltzer won a Cresson European Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, which enabled him to travel and study in England, France, Italy, Spain, and Holland. In addition to the traveling scholarship, Meltzer received many other awards and honors from the Woodmere Art Museum, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Art Club, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the Gold Medal Award from the Art League of Lagonier Valley.
He had exhibitions throughout the United States, including: at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts in Ohio; MacBeth Gallery in New York; Abington Art Center; and the Woodmere Art museum, where his art became part of the permanent collection. In addition, his work is represented in other museum permanent collections, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Storrs College in Connecticut, the Columbus Gallery of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Moore College of Art, and the Carlisle Art Museum.
Meltzer was a member of the Woodmere Art Museum, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and many others.
He taught at the Moore College of Art for twenty-four years where he acted as chairman of the Fine Arts department. There he met his future wife of sixty-one years, Paulette Van Roekens, a painter and instructor at the Moore College of Art. Meltzer retired from teaching in the 1940's and continued painting privately in his Huntingdon Valley residence, where he spent thirty-seven years.
Arthur Meltzer died at the age of ninety-five in July of 1989.
His paintings vary in subject matter, ranging from painting and life drawing to anatomy and portraiture. He presents his painterly style in his many still lifes, as well as in his beautifully rendered landscapes of Bucks and Berks Counties and Mystic, Connecticut.