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 Samuel Adolf Cashwan  (1899 - 1988)

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Lived/Active: Michigan/North Carolina / Russian Federation      Known for: sculptor-mod figure

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Samuel Adolf Cashwan
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The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg (2 pieces)
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Samuel Adolph Cashwan

26 Dec. 1899 Born in Cherkassy, near Kiev, Russia.
1906 Family immigrates to NYC.
1914 Begins modeling in clay.
1916 Moves to Detroit, Michigan.
1918 Serves in the US Army being honorably discharged at the
end of WWI.
1918 Earns scholarship to the Architectural League in NYC.
Studies architectural sculpture.
1919 Executes a commissioned monument presented by the US
to Belgium.
1923-1927 Earns scholarship to Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Studies
under Emile Antoine Bourdelle. Travels throughout
France and Italy, studying Romanesque cathedral
1927 Returns to Detroit. Teaches Art at the University of
Michigan while executing several architectural sculpture
commissions. Eventually heads the sculpture department
at the Detroit Society for Arts and Crafts (now the
Center for Creative Studies).
1935 Becomes sculpture supervisor for Michigans WPA
Art Program. Designs several public monuments
executed by WPA stonecutters under his direction.
1942 Shows 15 sculptures in MoMAs "Americans 1942".
Stops teaching and begins working as a
sculptor/designer for the General Motors Styling Division.
Continues architectural sculpture commissions while
exploring biomorphic abstractions in his personal work.
1955 - 60 Exhibits several one man shows in Detroit.
1966 Retires from General Motors.
1971 Installs 16 foot Stainless steel sculpture at the
Manufacturers Bank Building. Moves to Raleigh, North
Carolina and concentrates on his personal work.
Proposes several public sculptures for the Research
Triangle Park in addition to executing various
1987 Retrospective held at the Center for Creative
Studies in Detroit. Louis Redstone and Associates
unveils a large copper abstraction during the
dedication of their new offices.
Aug. 1988 Dies in Raleigh, North Carolina.
1995 Sculpture exhibition held at the Greenville Museum of Art,
Greenville, NC.

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