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 Creston Baumgartner  (1908 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/Maryland      Known for: historical frontier painting, mural

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A long-time Arizona artist, Creston Baumgartner was born in Baltimore, Maryland and received his art education from the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts, graduating in 1927. From there he went to the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia for post-graduate work.

His first introduction to Arizona was in 1932 when he was sent on an assignment for Nature Magazine.  He moved to Phoenix in 1933 and founded the "Charcoal Club," a fine art school.  In 1937, he became an artist for the Phoenix Public Works Art Project. During the Depression, he designed the decorative border strip, three feet high and eighteen feet long, for a balcony overhang in the foyer of the Capitol Annex.

For Arizona State University in Tempe, he also worked with Joseph Henninger on two murals, later painted over, that depicted Spanish influence and industrial development in Arizona.  He was apparently the only artist in Arizona to work also for the Civil Conservation Corps.

He moved to Prescott in 1947 where he taught art at Cob Web Hall. Baumgartner is best known for a series of silkscreens he did of Arizona cacti in bloom that were sold through the Goldwaters Department Stores.

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Peter Bermingham, The New Deal in the Southwest

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