(1900 - 1972)
John Frederick, Jr. Helm was active/lived in Kansas, New York. John Helm is known for landscape painting, dry point on copper etching, teaching.
Biography John Helm
Born Syracuse, NY, Sept. 16, 1900; died Manhattan, Mar. 27, 1972, John Frederick Helm was an artist who specialized in Kansas landscape painting, etching and teaching. He did aquatint and wood engraving and also was an architect.
He studied at the University of Syracuse, earning a degree in interior design in 1924 and, after studying with F. Montague Charman over the summer, accepted a position teaching drawing and painting at Kansas State College, Manhattan.
In 1932 he helped found the Kansas State Federation of Art and served as its executive director from 1935-1954. He also helped revive the Kansas Magazine and served as the art editor from 1933-1968. In 1934, he founded the Friends of Art at Kansas St
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
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This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.
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