(1905 - 1982)
Tomas Penning was active/lived in New York, Wisconsin. Tomas Penning is known for modernist sculptor-religious subjects.
Called the "Bluestone Master" because of his bold sculpture carvings,
Tomas Penning was born in Glidden, Wisconsin and studied in Duluth,
Minnesota, the Art Institute of Chicago and with Alexander Archipenko
in Woodstock, New York.
In Woodstock, he and his wife ran the Sawgill Gallery with several
other couples. During the Depression, he designed the
craft-training center run by the National Youth Administration, and the
Woodstock School of Art was later housed there.
Among his works were religious subjects. One that became well known is a war commemorative piece, Our Lady of the Hudson
in Port Ewen, New York near Kingston. It is a memorial to people
who lost their lives on the inland waterways between New York City and
the Great Lakes. The money for it was raised by longshoremen, tug
and barge men and boat builders linked to the waterways.
Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Anita M. Smith, Woodstock History and Hearsay, p. 269