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 Verona Lorraine Burkhard  (1910 - 2004)

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Lived/Active: New York/Colorado / France      Known for: painting, design, ceramics, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Obituary For Verona L. Burkhard, submitted July 2004 by Michelle Sulley,
Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction, Colorado.

Miss Verona Lorraine Burkhard, artist, designer, teacher, and selfless contributor to her community, resident of The Fountains since its opening, died July 16th after a brief illness and a long and productive life.

She was born on June 8, 1910, the daughter and granddaughter of artists: her mother Vee, a fashion artist, her father Henri, a noted painter, and her maternal grandfather Giovanni Turini, the sculptor of the statue of Garibaldi in Washington Square.

Raised in New Jersey and New York, she studied art at the Art Students  League under Boardman Robinson, at Cooper Union, and at Columbia University under Colorado artist Frank Mechau.

An accomplished painter as well as a ceramist, Verona also worked in enamelware, glass, copper, and stitchery, winning many competitions and prizes. She was awarded seven U.S. Government mural commissions in national competitions for public buildings in Wyoming, Montana, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.  She designed fountains for Main St. in Grand Junction and the Regional Center, and did interior design for Mesa and Rangely Colleges as well as many homes in Grand Junction.

In 1949, after heading the art program at the Potomac School in Washington D.C., Verona was drawn West where she had often traveled.  She chose Grand Junction as home for herself and her beloved mother, settling on 2nd Fruitridge where she built a ceramics and painting studio out of an old barn behind her house and opened an art school downtown.  Later, she designed and built a beautiful adobe home on Little Park Road.  Through her art classes and public school projects to which she gave a lot of hard work and infectious enthusiasm, Verona succeeded in expanding and deepening the interest in art in this community.  She was one of the founders of the Art Center and served on its board for years.  She designed and built its unique copper doors.  In recognition of her extraordinary achievements as an artist and teacher, in 1965 she was honored as Colorado Woman of the Year.

Verona had many friends with whom she shared her love of art and nature. She particularly loved exploring the desert canyons of the region.

Verona never married. She is survived by her niece, Judith Burkhard of Florida.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter, muralist and potter, Verona Burkhard grew up with artistic parents, who had immigrated from Europe to New York City.  After studying with Boardman Robinson at the Art Students League, she worked in freelance advertising and then won a government commission for murals in public buildings in Wyoming, Montana, North Carolina and Washington DC. 

After completing these projects for the WPA, she enrolled in the division of drawing, painting and sculpture in the School of Architecture at Columbia University and studied with Frank Mechau and Wallace Harrison.  In the 1930s, she also began traveling in the West including Arizona for two weeks in 1929.  From 1934, she became a frequent visitor to Colorado, especially the Rocky Mountains.

From 1945 to 1946, she headed the art department of the Potomac School in Washington DC, and in 1949 settled in Grand Junction, Colorado.  From there, she continued treks into the western landscape with the Four Corners area being a favorite destination.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, Women Artists of the American West

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