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 Anthony Claps  (1894 - 1964)

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Anthony Claps
Red Roof Harbor, 1963, Oil, 27 1/4 x 29 1/4"
Photo submitted by Susan Yackley
This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following information was submitted in June of 2006 by his granddaughter Susan Yackley:

ANTHONY CLAPS
Born: March 15, 1894, Buffalo, NY; died: June 19, 1964, Chicago, IL
Married: June 12, 1923, Edith G. Holden, in Chicago; Children: William, Mary Angela, Juliana, Bernard and Maureen

Training:
1915 Buffalo Fine Arts Academy; 19?? Albright Art School, Buffalo; 1918 Roycrofters, East Aurora, NY Craft work in the field of leather tooling and design; 1920 Minneapolis School of Art; 1926 School of the Art Institute, Chicago; Early 1950's - 1964 Austin, Oak Park, River Forest Art League, now called the Oak Park Art League (OPAL); 1953 Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago; 1956 School of the Art Institute, Chicago; Late 1950's Hans Hofmann, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Art Related Employment:
1918 Leather worker, Roycrofters, East Aurora, NY
1937 - 1940 Leather craftsman, Brown and Bigelow, Minneapolis
1940's - 1950's Designed and made hand-tooled leather tabletops and accessories
1960's Art Institute of Chicago Student Supply Store
Freelance artist

Teaching:
1950’s Chicago Park District—Leather Crafting
1950's - 1960's Austin, Oak Park, River Forest Art League (OPAL)—Painting

Residences:
1894-1917 Buffalo, NY, 151 Myrtle Ave and 128 Myrtle
1920 East Aurora, NY, 620 Oakwood Ave (.4 mile from the Roycroft Campus)
1930's-1933 Oak Park, I, 934 Wenonah Ave.
1933-1937 Chicago, IL, 1134 S. Mayfield Ave.
1937-1940 Minneapolis, MN, 2925 40th Ave. So.
1940-1964 Chicago, IL, 1134 S. Mayfield Ave.

Travel:
Throughout the Midwest (including Decorah, IA; Galena, IL; Brown County, IN); Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec, Canada; Provincetown, MA; Point Lobo and Monterey Bay, CA (1962)

Memberships/Offices:
All-Illinois Society of Fine Art; Art Club of Buffalo; Austin, Oak Park, River Forest Art League; now called the Oak Park Art League (OPAL)

Honors:
1955 First Prize, OPAL Men's Show, The Old Neighborhood
1956 Frederick Ward Prize, OPAL annual show, The Old Neighborhood
1958 Second Prize, OPAL annual show, Self-Portrait
1960 Third Prize, OPAL Men's Show
1960 Third Prize, OPAL Spring Show, The Ranch
1961 First Prize, OPAL annual spring show, Cubist Landscape
1962 Honorable Mention, OPAL Men's Show, Forsythia

Group Exhibitions:
1955 Illinois State Fair
1956 All-Illinois Society of Fine Art Annual, Conrad Hilton Hotel, Lakefront
1957 Oak Park Main Library
1959 Riccardo's Restaurant Gallery, Chicago, Oak Park Artists 1959
1960 All-Illinois Society of Fine Art Annual, Conrad Hilton Hotel

One, Two or Three Man Exibitions:
1956 Oak Park Arms Hotel
1958 Oak Park Art League
1962 Monte’s Restaurant at The Oxford House
1963 Three man show, Ridgeland Commons recreation building, auspices of OPAL
1964 Memorial Show, OPAL
2006 Oak Park Art League—Anthony Claps Retrospective

References:
1917 First listed in Who's Who in American Art
“Art Calendar” Chicago Daily News, 8/10/1959;
Riccardo's Restaurant Group Exhibit
Multiple articles in local Chicago-area newspapers, 1955-1964.

Interesting Notes:
He was a World War I veteran with the Marines (July 6,1918-August 13, 1919), having served in France for one year.

A retrospective exhibition of 50 of his works will be held at the Oak Park Art League in Oak Park, Illinois from June 23 to July 28, 2006.


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