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 Paschal Quackenbush  (1908 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: Colorado      Known for: easel and mural painting

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A Denver native, Paschal Quackenbush attended North High School in Denver and studied under noted local artists, Helen Perry and Anne Gregory Van Briggle Ritter.  He was awarded a scholarship, and studied at the Art Students League in New York, then later with Thomas Hart Benton, and in Europe.

Quackenbush returned to Denver in 1927 where he studied with Allen Tupper True. He was True’s paid assistant and he helped on many murals: the State Capitol Rotunda, the Greek Amphitheater in Civic Center, and the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Building, all still existing in downtown Denver. Quackenbush was one of the founders of the Denver (later Colorado) Artists Guild in 1929.

A fine muralist in his own right, in 1936 Quackenbush was hired by the WPA/Federal Arts Project. He painted a large easel mural titled Pony Express for the Denver Public Library where it still hangs.  He also worked on murals at the entrance of Morey Junior High (now Morey Middle School), the Mayan Theater, the University of Colorado in Boulder (now lost), the Teller House in Central City, and the University of Wyoming.

Quackenbush served in World War II in England and North Africa, and designed the official emblem of the 389th Squadron of the 8th Air Force. In later years, he was a color design consultant for the federal government and for several hotel chains.

Submitted by Deborah Wadsworth, curator of “Denver Artists Guild Founders – Fifty-Two Originals” show at Denver Public Library, 2009

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