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 Bernard Patrick Arnest  (1917 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Minnesota      Known for: genre, figure, and marine painting, graphics

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

"The Embattled Critic", a discussion of the state of the art criticism today by Bernard Arnest, head of the Fine Arts Center Art School will be presented to members in the Fine Arts Center music room.

Arnest, who serves both as head of the Art School and Professor of Art at Colorado College, is a widely recognized artist who has exhibited throughout the country.

A native of Denver, (CO), Arnest studied at the Fine Arts Center and was a pupil of Boardman Robinson and Henry Varnum Poor. In 1940 he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for creative work in painting and had his first one-man show at the San Francisco Museum of Art. During the war he served as Chief War Artist for the U.S. Army Historical section in the European theater.

Following the war, he worked in New York City exhibiting at the Whitney Annual of American Painting, the Pittsburgh International, Corcoran Biennial then and subsequently, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In 1947 he became chief instructor at the Minneapolis School of Art and prior to coming to Colorado Springs in 1957, he was associate professor of Art at the University of Minnesota.

Arnest has done murals at the veterans service building on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul, Minnesota and for the First National Bank of Southdale, Minnesota In 1960 he was a state department grantee of Afghanistan to paint the Afghan scene. He has been listed both in "Who's Who in Art", and "Who's Who in America."

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Katherine Tozier

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He was an Army lieutenant and chief War Artist in the European Theater of Operations in 1944-45.  He worked in New York City, 1945-47, and was represented by the Kraushaar Galleries there from 1947 until his death.  He worked in Minneapolis, MN, 1947-1957: he first taught at the then Minneapolis School of Art (affiliated with the Mpls. Institute of Art), 1947-49, and at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)as instructor, ass't professor and associate professor, 1949-57. His career in Colorado began in 1957.

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