Due to the federal government shutdown, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery are closed; programs and events at the museum are also canceled.
Childe Hassam learned the value of hard work after his father’s hardware store burned to the ground and Hassam left school to work as a wood engraver.
Claire Falkenstein began working in abstract sculpture in the early 1930s. She studied with the Russian modernist Alexander Archipenko at Mills College in Oakland, California, and experimented with abstract forms in ceramics and wood.
Richard Diebenkorn earned a BA at Stanford University and an MA at the University of New Mexico.
Dan Schmitt went to college intending to become a biologist. In his junior year, however, he studied ceramics in Japan, and after graduating in 1996 he began a master’s program in fine arts at Kent State University.
A protégé and close friend of Mark Tobey, Graves grew up in the Northwest and for many years made his home on an island in Puget Sound.
Cunningham posed for this portrait at the age of thirty-two, with her new husband, Roi Partridge, tripping the camera's shutter.
Although Ralph Rosenborg has painted abstract work throughout his life, nature has served as his perennial motif.(1) He won a scholarship while still in high school to Saturday art classes at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Born in Grants Pass, Oregon, David Goines studied at the University of California at Berkeley. Before earning his degree in 1965, he worked as a printer's apprentice. Three years later he founded the Saint Hieronymous Press in Berkeley and has worked there ever since.
Born in 1947, Portland, Oregon, where he still lives. He teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is curator for photography, Portland Art Museum. Toedtemeier received an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship (1987).
John Ferren did not complete any formal artistic training but instead learned his craft by living among Parisian avant-garde artists during the 1930s. Throughout his life, he viewed painting as a means of seeking the reality behind appearance.
Ray Strong began painting as a high school student, and following graduation in 1924, Strong entered the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and later studied at the Art Students League in New York City.
In 1910, Rosebrook's family moved to the John Day Valley in eastern Oregon where he attended high school, "Long enough to play football and then I quit to go a'buckarooin'." On cattle drives, Rosebrook learned enough blacksmithing to shoe horses and other metal, carpentry, and leather-working ski