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 Kenneth Warnock Evett  (1913 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Kansas      Known for: mural, genre, figure and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Loveland, CO, 1913; died Ithaca, NY, May 28, 2005. Painter, specifically figure, portrait, mural. Studied at the Kirkland School of Art, Denver, CO. Received an MFA in painting from Colorado College in 1939 and studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center under Boardman Robinson, George Biddle, and Henry Varnum Poor.

He won commissions from the Works Progress Administration's federal section of fine arts to paint murals in several post offices in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska including Cowboys Driving Cattle in the Caldwell Post Office painted in 1941, Picnic in Kansas and Changing of the Horses for the Pony Express for the Horton Post Office in 1938-39.

He also was the winner of a national juried competition to create three murals for the rotunda of the Nebraska State Capitol. Taught at Cornell University from 1948-1979. During 1972-1977, he contributed essays on art & exhibits to the New Republic magazine.
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COLLECTIONS:
Munson-William-Proctor Institute, Utica, N.Y.; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

MEMBERSHIPS:
National Academy of Design, 1994. Exhibition: Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, NY, 1996.

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
AskArt, www.askart.com, accessed Sept. 2, 2005; Cornell University News Services, June 3, 2005, http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/June05/Evett.obit.html, accessed Sept. 25, 2005; Bruner, Ronald Irwin. New Deal Art Workers in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. Thesis. University of Denver, 1979.; Wayne, Cynthis, and Jo Ann Wimer. Elements of Nature: Watercolors by Kenneth Evett (Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1967); Works by Kenneth Evett (Ithaca, NY: White Museum of Art, 1969)
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from David Cook Galleries:
Born in Loveland, Colorado, Kenneth Warnock Evett was a muralist who preferred to work with watercolors and oils.  He graduated from Colorado State College with a B.A. in 1935, and from Colorado College with an M.A. in 1939.  From 1937 to 1940, he also studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center under Boardman Robinson, George Biddle, Henry Varnum Poor, and Peppino Mangravite.

In the 1930s, Evett was commissioned to paint murals at post offices in Golden, Colorado.  Evett’s work was exhibited at the Denver Art Museum in 1936.  In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Evett’s work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. I

n 1954, Evett won the national competition for painting three murals in the Nebraska State Capital rotunda.  Evett’s work was exhibited at the Norfolk Museum in the 1960s, and in 1968, his work won awards at the Rochester Museum and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute.

Evett had ten solo shows at the Kraushaar Gallery in New York City from 1948 to 1981.  In the early 1980s, Evett’s work was exhibited at the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian).

Evett was an art critic for the New Republic magazine from 1972 to 1977.  He wrote essays on art, architecture, and The New Realism.  He also wrote for "The Bookpress" in the mid-1990s.  He taught at Cornell University from 1948 to 1970 and became a professor of art emeritus.

Evett was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1994.

Kenneth Evett died at the age of 91 on May 28, 2005 in Ithaca, New York.

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