George Elbert Burr worked as an illustrator for several New York magazines: Harper's, Cosmopolitan, and Frank Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. His work for Leslie's allowed him to travel coast to coast in America, indulging his passion for landscapes.
Wayne Thiebaud has spent most of his life on the West Coast. He worked as a freelance cartoonist and commercial artist until the late 1940s, then began to devote more of his time to fine art. He studied in Sacramento, California, and taught painting and drawing at the local junior college.
Justin McCarthy grew up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, son a of wealthy newspaper editor. He traveled to Europe with his family in 1907, where a visit to the Louvre inspired him to paint. His father died just a year later, however, and the family lost its money.
Patrociño Barela ran away from Taos, New Mexico, when he was twelve. He wandered from state to state for the next twenty years, working a wide variety of odd jobs and carving whenever he had the chance.
Richard Marquis pioneered the use of murrine in American glass after accepting a grant to work in Italy in the 1960s. This ancient technique fuses thin rods of different colored glass into a larger rod, so that the pattern reads in cross-section.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, 1935. Currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he is an instructor in photography at Northern Arizona University. An exhibition featuring Arentz's work was organized by the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia, in 1990.
Raised in a small Texas town, Hanna had his first encounters with photography and most of his art training through camera-club magazines. Emulating the Pictorialist style, he used his western surroundings as subject matter.
In 1879 the Bureau of Ethnology (later changed to the Bureau of American Ethnology) was created under the Department of the Interior.