E.J. Bird was born to Joseph Montgomery and Fanny Beutler Bird on 3 April 1911 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Interested in art at an early age, Bird studied with artists Bessie Alice Bancroft, Cornelius Salisbury, James Taylor Harwood, and Jack S. Sears. Bird's career portfolio includes works in oil, watercolor, etching, pastel, charcoal, pen and ink, and colored pencil. As Director of the Utah Federal Art Project (1937-1942), E.J. Bird played an integral role in the establishment of the Utah State Art Center in Salt Lake City and the branch centers in Provo, Helper, and Price. He was also a member of the Board of Director's of the Utah State Institute of Fine Arts during the 1930s. Bird remained the Director of the Ut
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