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 Watson Bidwell  (1904 - 1964)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Kansas      Known for: Painter, educator, critic, lecturer, writer

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Untitled, 1959, mixed media, 49.75" x 33.75"
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Bidwell was born in Kingsley, Kansas on September 11, 1904 and died on December 12, 1964 in Colorado.   Earned a BFA from the Univ. of Denver in 1934 and a MA in Education from
Colorado State College in 1948.  Studied with Cyril Kay-Scott, John E. Thompson, B.J.O.
Nordfeldt, and Walt Kuhn. Author of reviews for art magazines and a lecturer on art
history.  Curator of Oriental Art at the Denver Art Museum from 1936-39.  From 1942-46,
Bidwell served with the army.  After the war, he returned to Kansas and was Head of the
Art Dept. at East High School in Wichita from 1949-57.  Moved to Briggsdale, CO in 1957
and taught at Colorado State College in Greeley from 1958. 

Member: Artists Equity Assoc.; Western Arts Assoc.; Artists Guild of Wichita; Kansas Art Assoc.; Western Art Assoc.; Denver Art Guild; Colorado Educators Assoc.

Exhibitions: 9th Missouri Valley Exhibition, 1955; Denver Art Museum, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960; 10th Missouri Valley Exhibition, 1956; Denver Art Museum, 1965, Wichita Art Museum, 1966; and many more.

Awards: Denver Art Museum, 1933, 1935, 1937; Central City, CO., 1955, 1957, 1958, 1961; Wichita Art Museum, 1957; Colorado State Fair, 1957, 1958.

Collections: Denver Art Museum; Wichita Art Museum; Emprise Bank Collection.
Source:, accessed Nov. 8, 2007; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1962; Pamphlet file at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library in Washington, DC.; Wichita Art Museum’s Library Artists’ Files.

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