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Lived/Active: North Carolina/Michigan      Known for: geometric abstraction painting, teaching, writing

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BIOGRAPHY for Kenneth Ness
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1903 (Saint Ignace, Michigan)
 
Death
2001 (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

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North Carolina/Michigan


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geometric abstraction painting, teaching, writing

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ALBERT KENNETH NESS (1903-2001), American
(Painter, Teacher, Administrator, Writer, Film Maker)    

Albert Kenneth Ness (known as Kenneth Ness) was born on June 21, 1903 in St. Ignace, Michigan.  He was known as an artist, teacher, administrator, film maker, and writer.  His father was of Norwegian decent and worked as a printer and bookseller in Cheboygan, Michigan, and his mother was born in Stockholm, Sweden.  He showed an aptitude for drawing at age 10 and later studied art at the University of Detroit 1923-1924 with Fred Nash and Nelson Welsh, at the Detroit School of Applied Art 1924-1926 with Robert A. Hertzberg, at the Wicker School of Fine Art 1926-1928 with John Wicker, and at the Art Institute of Chicago 1928-1933, postgraduate study 1933 with Boris Anisfeldt.  The Art Institute of Chicago awarded him the Robert Jenkins Memorial Prize at the Chicago Artists Annual Exhibition in 1934 , a prestigious traveling scholarship.

He was the Carnegie Resident artist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1941-1943; Director, University of North Carolina War Art Center, 1942-1944; Resident Artist and Professor, 1943-1949; Acting Head, Department of Art, Acting Director, Person Hall Art Gallery, 1944-1945; Civilian Instructor, War Department MTOUSA, Florence, Italy, September-December 1945; Resident Artist and Professor of Art 1949-1973, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Acting Head, Department of Art, Acting Director, Person Hall Art Gallery 1955, 1957-1958.           

He was known the have exhibited at the Johnson Gallery, Chicago 1932, the Whitney Museum of American Art 1933, the Art Institute of Chicago 1934-1940, the Golden Gate Exposition 1939, the Evanston Art Center, Chicago, 1940, the San Diego Fine Arts Society, 1938, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor 1938, the Seattle Art Museum 1938, the Dayton Art Institute, the Flint Institute of Art 1938, the Grand Rapids Art Gallery 1938, the Person Hall Art Gallery, Chapel Hill 1941, the International Watercolor Exhibitions 1934-1939 & American Painting Annual Exhibitions 1935,1937, the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Painting Annual, Butler Art Institute of American Art 1951, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibitions 1953-1954,     

He left a profound mark on North Carolina both as an artist and as an advocate of the arts in our state.  Ness founded and chaired the University of North Carolina Arts Council and was instrumental in the development of the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  This museum is part of the University of North Carolina and its mission since the inception in 1958 is to bring the citizens of North Carolina and artwork together.

During his lifetime, Ness exhibited throughout the United States including Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina.  He was given solo shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Golden Gate Gallery in San Francisco and the Golden Gate Gallery international Art Fair in 1945.

Albert Kenneth Ness died on June 29, 2001 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Source:
Michael Perez, Collector and Art Historian of MP Consulting, ARTISFUN, Inc.


Biography from Gallery C:
Kenneth Ness (1903-2001) has left a profound mark on North Carolina both as an artist and as an advocate of the arts in our state.  Ness founded and chaired the University of North Carolina Arts Council and was instrumental in the development of the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  This museum is part of the University of North Carolina and its mission since the inception in 1958 is to bring the citizens of North Carolina and artwork together.

Ness studied at the University of Detroit, the Wicker School of Art in Detroit and later at the Detroit Art Institute where he graduated in 1932.  The Art Institute of Chicago awarded him the Robert Jenkins Memorial Prize, a prestigious traveling scholarship.

During his lifetime, Ness exhibited throughout the United States including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina.  He was given solo shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Golden Gate Gallery in San Francisco and the Golden Gate Gallery international Art Fair in 1945.

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