Biografie von Eugène KINGMAN (1909-1975)

Birth place: Providence, RI

Death place: Lubbock, TX?

Addresses: Omaha, NE; Lubbock, TX

Profession: Painter, art administrator, lithographer

Studied: Yale Univ. (B.A., 1932); Yale Univ. Sch. Fine Arts (B.F.A., 1935); Creighton Univ. (hon. D.F.A., 1968)

Exhibited: Providence A.Cl., 1929 (prize), 1957 (prize); NAD, 1937-42; NOMA, 1940 (prize); AV, 1942; San Fran. AA, 1937-39; Kansas City AI, 1940; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Ctr. Invitational, 1940, 1942; Oklahoma Artists Ann., 1940 (first prize in graphic arts); Dallas Pr. S., 1943; 48th Ann., Denver Art Mus., 1942; Artists of the Missouri Valley, Mulvane Art Mus., Topeka, Kansas, 1952 (Jr. League Topeka First Purchase Prize); Oklahoma Ann. Invitational, Tulsa, 1953; 17th Ann. Region 20 Exhib., Texas Fine Arts Assn., 1972; The Baker Co, Lubbock, TX, 1970s

Member: New Haven PC Cl.; Providence WCC; Prairie Pr. M.; Providence A. Cl. (life mem.); Audubon Artists; Col. Art Assn. Am.; Assn. Art Mus. Dirs. (sec.-treas., 1965-66, v. pres., 1967); Am. Fedn. Arts.

Work: Mus., Glacier Nat. Park, MT; Colonial Expo., Paris, 1931; Fogg AM; Crompton Richmond Co., NY; Crater Lake Mus., Sinott Mem., Ore.; Joseph Pennell Coll., LOC; Philbrook Art Ctr., Tulsa, OK; Joslyn Art Mus., Omaha, Nebr.; Bur Reclamation Coll., Wash., DC. Commissions: paintings of Crater Lake, Carnegie Inst. Washington, 1935; Geological Excavations (mural), comn. by US Govt. for Kemmerer Post Off., Wyo., 1938; WPA mural of local subjects, comn. by US Govt. for East Providence Post Off., RI, 1939; USPO, Hyattesville, MD; Western Hemisphere (mural with Richard Edes Harrison, Cartogr.), New York Times Lobby, 1949; Missouri River Mainstem Dams (six paintings), USA Corps Engrs., Omaha, Nebr., 1968; Hayden Planetarium.

Comments: Preferred media: tempera, acrylics. Positions: dir., Philbrook Art Ctr., 1939-42; dir., Joslyn Art Mus., 1947-69; dir. exhibs. & cur. art, Tex. Tech. Univ. Mus., 1969-. Teaching: instr. mural painting, RISD, 1935-39; Joslyn prof. art, Univ. Omaha, 1948-57. Collections arranged: Time, Space and Maps, Joslyn Art Mus., 1948; Beginnings of Modern Painting, 1951, Life on the Prairie: The Artists Record, 1954 & Artist-Explorers of the 1830's: Catlin, Bodmer & Miller, 1963, Joslyn Art Mus. Publications: Journal of Geology, March, 1937. Illustrator, 13 paintings for article, In: Nat. Geog. Mag., March, 1937; illus., "Physiographic Provinces of North America," 1938; auth., "Painters of the Plains," Am. Heritage, Dec., 1954; contrib; article on plains art, In: Heritage of the Middle West, (Univ. Okla. Press, 1956); auth., "Mus. Focus on Heritage, Panhandle-Plains Hist. Rev., 1970.

Sources: WW73; Ted Landale, "His Light Under a Bushel," Omaha World-Herald, June 21, 1953; Rosemary Madison, "Easterner Kingman Plants His Roots in Prairie," Omaha Sun, Mar. 11, 1965; "A Day in the Life of a Museum Director" (TV program), KMTV, 1966; WW47."

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