Born in Kinsale, Ireland, Spread (1844-1890) studied in Europe, came to the United States around 1870, and was in Chicago by about 1874. In 1879, Spread took part in the Inter-State Industrial Exposition and was teaching at the newly chartered School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where Alice DeWolf Kellogg was one of his students. Spread is best known as the founder of Spread's Art Academy, which became the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1902. Toward the end of his life, Spread was named the first president of the Chicago Society of Artists (1889). The organization was formed two years earlier in Spread's studio in the Lakeside Building, where artists, including Charles Boutwood and John F. Stacey met on Satur
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