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 Rupert Conrad  (1904 - 1979)

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Lived/Active: Michigan/New York/Colorado      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape painting, illustration, sculpture

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RUPERT CONRAD 1904 - 1979
 
Known for: Painter, Illustrator, Lithographer, Etcher, Sculptor , Watercolor, Calligraphy, Theater Design, Author and Philosopher

He traveled extensively throughout America, Canada, Italy, the Carribbean, Mexico, Japan.

Born: July 14, 1904 Detroit, Michigan

Lived: Detroit, Michigan; New York; Westport, CT; Florida, Nassau and Thermopolis, WY
 
Rupert was born Conrad Lubnau into a German immigrant family of 9 who owned a country store in Detroit, MI. He later changed his name to Rupert Conrad. As Rupert Conrad’s daughter, I was part of Rupert’s life during the years of 1947 - 1957 in Westport, Ct. and Hollywood, FL, along with my mother, Mary and brother Ed. These were the years Rupert worked with artist Ben Stahl; he was an Art instructor at The Famous Artist’s School, Westport, CT; it was his “Nassau, Bahama period”, and he was creator of the amusement park Storyland in Pompano Beach, Florida.
 
Rupert’s Background, Schooling, Apprenticeships & Accomplishments:
John P. Wicker School of Fine Arts, Detroit 1924
Scarab Club with Paul Honore, Detroit 1926
Arts and Crafts School with John Carroll, Detroit 1926
Cranbrook Academy with Carl Milles, Birmingham, MI 1936 Sculpture & Calligraphy
Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO 1941 & ‘42 with Boardman Robinson, Arnold Blanch, Adolph Dehn, Lawrence Barrett, Otis Dozier
NY School of Fine Arts, New York City
NY Advertizing School 1944
Assistant to Ben Stahl, Weston, CT 1940s - 50s
Instructor - Famous Artist’s School, Westport, CT
Creator of Storyland Amusement Park, Pompano Beach, FL 1955
Art teacher , Casper College, Casper, WY 1958 - 60
Taught Art classes & Lectured all over state of Wyoming
 
Personal Gallery: The Conrad Art Museum in Thermopolis, WY
Authored his autobiography The Art & Reflections of Rupert Conrad
 
Museums holding work by Conrad:
The Metropolitan Art Museum, NY
National Gallery, Paris
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Cleveland & Toledo Museums
Pioneer Museum, Riverton & Lander, WY
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
Journals in Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Wash., DC
Burton Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
 
Awards/Recognition:
Artist of the Year, WY Artists Assoc., State of WY 1961
Gov. Clifford Hanson Honors 1064
Man of the Year, Thermopolis, WY Chamber of Commerce 1971
Who’s Who Nationally, Readers Digest 1977
Artists USA, review 1977-78
 
Rupert Conrad married one of his students Ruth Spear in 1964
 
He died in Denver. CO in 1979 before he realized two goals: 1) patenting his innovative “Speed-O-Mat” instant framing creation and 2) establishing his “International Institute of Research for the Arts”


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