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 Lester Burbank Bridaham  (1899 - 1992)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Illinois/Montana      Known for: painting, engraving, art education, writing, museum director

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Chronology of Life of Lester B. Bridaham

1899 Born Denver, Colorado

1922 Graduated MIT bachelors in Chemical Engineering

1923 Master's Degree MIT in Chemical Engineering

1928-1933  Art Student's League , NYC, studied with Kimon Nicolaides

1932 American Field Service Fellowship to draw and paint in France and Morocco
          Exhibition of paintings GRD Gallery, NYC

1934 Federal Art Project, Massachusetts, exhibited paintings Wadsworth Atheneum

1936 Exhibited College Art Association NYC,  Museum of Modern Art NYC,
         Art Students League, NYC.

1937 Graduated from the Fogg Art Museum School, Harvard University

1938 Founded Publicity Department, Art Institute of Chicago

1943-45 U.S. Navy taught airplane recognition, Lt Cmndr USNR

1945-54 Secretary to the Board of Trustees, The Art Institute of Chicago

1954-1956 Director the Louisiana State Museums, New Orleans, LA

1956-1958 Director Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Il.

1958-1959 Director Strathmount Museum, Elmira, NY

1959 Denver, Colorado, taught drawing and painting at Opportunity School, Denver Public Schools, and Jefferson County Schools.

1974 Art appraisal business started Denver, Co.

1987 moved to Tacoma, WA

1990 moved to Bozeman, MT, started an art gallery with his daughter, Vivian

12-1992 died, Bozeman, Montana

American Association of Museums
American Association of State and Local History, NY
College Art Association
Director Artists Equity

Gargoyles, Chimeres and the Grotesque in French Gothic Sculpture, 1930
Brief Guide to Collections, Art Institute of Chicago, 1953
Guide to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA 1956
George Francis Mugnier Photographer, New Orleans, LA

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Victoria and Albert, London, England
Museum of the City of New York, N.Y., N.Y.
Western History Department, Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming
The Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction, Colorado

Submitted by Vivian Bridaham, daughter of the artist


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