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 Raymond J. Eastwood  (1898 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Connecticut      Known for: modernist-leaning landscape painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted June 2004 and updated May 2012, was written by Judi Keer Kallas, Kansas artist and organizer of the estate exhibition of work by Raymond Eastwood

1898 Born May 25, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Details of his family history are scarce.

1916-1920 Studied with Frank V. DuMond at The Art Students League of New York; worked as a theatre scene painter.

1920-21 One year of post-graduate studies at Yale University.

1920 or 1921 First summer spent painting near Provincetown, Massachusetts.

1922 Began position as Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

1927 First exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association.

1930 Promoted to Associate Professor at The University of Kansas.

1938 Served as Recording Secretary of the Provincetown Art Association.

1939 Exhibited Old Telegraph Station at the World's Fair in New York, making this painting Eastwood's most historically significant.

1940 One-man exhibition of eleven Cape Cod paintings at Vose Galleries, Boston; exhibited one painting at the Coronado Exposition in Albuquerque, NM.

1941 Represented in annual exhibition of Allied Artists of America, held at the National Academy Galleries in New York; Eastwood continued marketing his work there through the 1970's.

1942 Served as Acting Chairman of Drawing and Painting at KU while Albert Bloch was on sick leave.

1943 Served as an intelligence specialist in the Army Air Force, making aerial reconnaissance photographs in the United States through 1945.

1944 Exhibited twelve dune paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

1945 Taught summer art classes at the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the invitation of Director Bernard "Poco" Frazier, a sculptor and KU alumnus.

1946 Eastwood painted his first landscapes of the desert Southwest.

1947 Served as Chairman of Painting and Drawing, a position held until 1963; spent the summer in Utah and Provincetown.

1948 First summer at Monument Valley and probably his last visit to Provincetown.

1949 Promoted to Professor at The University of Kansas; exhibited at the Joslyn Memorial Art Museum in Omaha and at the Ninth Annual Missouri Exhibition in St. Louis.

1950 June 3, Eastwood married Devona Doxie (b. 1909?), a vocal music professor from Los Angeles. They met at a faculty meeting in 1949. Devona had to leave her position due to the nepotism laws of the time.

1952 Eastwood served as Acting Director of the Art Museum and Acting Chair of the Department of Art History at KU for one year.

1950's- 70's Numerous regional exhibitions: Lawrence, Manhattan, Topeka, Pittsburg (KS), Kansas City (MO), Springfield (MO), Chicago (IL), Kalamazoo (MI).

1968 Eastwood retired from KU after forty-six years of teaching. He continued to paint, exhibit and travel after his retirement.

1969 Spencer Art Museum at Kansas University exhibited his work and printed a catalog.

1987 November 24, Raymond J. Eastwood died in Lawrence, Kansas after a twenty-year battle with heart disease.

1989 An estate exhibition was organized by Judi Geer Kellas at Roy's Gallery in Lawrence.

1993 Cape Cod Dunes was included in an exhibition, "The League at the Cape," at the Provincetown Art Association Museum.

1995 The Mulvane Art Museum hosts exhibition of Eastwood's paintings, and publishes exhibition catalog to detail the artist's life and work.

1996 Davona Doxy Eastwood, wife of the artist, died, having lived in family home until her death.

Also he exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City MO and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha.
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1923; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1924; 15th McPherson Exhibition (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) 1925; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1928; 4th Annual Kansas Artists’ Exhibition, 1928; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1929; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1930; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1931; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1932; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1933; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1934; 25th McPherson Exhibition (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) 1935; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1935; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition, 1936; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1937; 14th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition (Topeka: Mulvane Art Museum, 1925-1941), 1938; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1939; Kansas Free Fair, 1939; 15th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition (Topeka: Mulvane Art Museum, 1925-1941), 1939; 16th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition (Topeka: Mulvane Art Museum, 1925-1941), 1940; Vose Galleries, Boston, 1940; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1940; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1941; Midwestern Artists Exhibition, 1942; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, 1944;
Allied Artists of America; Provincetown Art Association; Beachcombers Scarab Fraternity; MacDowell Fraternity.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Bridgeport, CT, May 25 1898; died Lawrence, Nov. 24, 1987. Painter. Teacher. Studied at the Art Students League from 1915-20 and at Yale School of Fine Arts in 1921. Pupil of Frank Dumond, W.S. Kendall, and E. C. Taylor. Taught at University of Kansas, Lawrence, Art Department from1922-1968. Many of his papers are available in the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.
Kansas Governor’s Artist Award, 1982. Collection: Spencer Museum of Art; University of Kansas, Lawrence, Student Union Bldg; High School in Provincetown MA; Wichita Art Association; Tulsa Univ; Philbrook Art Center; Baker Univ; Cornell Univ; Elizabeth Ney Museum, Austin; White Memorial Museum, San Antonio.

Allied Artists of America; Provincetown Art Association; Beachcombers Scarab Fraternity; MacDowell Fraternity.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 1920, 22, 26, 27; Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7; Sain, Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951), Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition (Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942 Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art: The Story of an Art Movement in Kansas. s.l. Mines, 1979.) 1923-24, 1928- 31, 1932-37, 1939-42; Beach; AskArt,, accessed Sept. 2, 2005; "" Family Search. Version 2.5.0. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2002. Accessed July 15, 2006; KU Archives File (Faculty & Staff at the University of Kansas, card catalog file located in the Spencer Research Library).
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.

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