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Born 1897, died 1987, residence: Salt Lake City, Utah. He is best known as a sculptor, although he did make accomplished landscape paintings. He began his career as a youngster. At age 14, he studied with sculptor James Earle Fraser who saw that he enrolled in the Art Students League, NYC. Thereafter he studied in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with Injalbert in Paris, Academy Colarossi, Grand Chaumiere, and the Ecole Moderne, Paris. He received a BFA degree from Yale, and an MFA degree from the University of Washington, MA, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, and a Guggenheim Fellowship to Florence, Italy 1927-28 where he studied marble carving with Dante Sodini. He held positions in various universities including Assistant Professor of Art, University of Oregon 1920-27; Instructor, Seattle Institute of Art 1928-29; Resident artist and Associate Professor of Sculpture, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1927-47; His work included Dean of the Coe Statesman, Chicago, Ill; Lycurgus, Sparta Greece; four marble heads of Lincoln, Ford Theatre, Washington, DC; and colossal bronze portraits of Lincoln and Washington at Utah State University, Logan. There are over 20 colossal heads of Washington in various towns throughout America. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston owns two figural works and metallic designs, and several other works are displayed by Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. Source

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