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 Leonard Phelps Good  (1907 - 2000)

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Lived/Active: Oklahoma/Wisconsin      Known for: figure, portrait and landscape painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter, Leonard Good was appointed head of the Art Department at Drake College in Des Moines, Iowa in 1952.  He earned his BFA from the University of Oklahoma and then studied at the Art Students League and in Paris and Mexico.

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The following was submitted by Jo Ellen Aaron:

B.F.A degree University of Oklahoma 1927-attended Art Students League, New York. Taught at University of Oklahoma 1930.  Studied with Jean Charlot University Iowa 1940 also in contact with Reagionalist painters in the area.  Continued to teach at Oklahoma University until 1950, taking a position at the University of Wisconsin. 1952 headed art department, Drake University until 1977 when he returned to Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Museums collecting his work:
Milwaukee Art Center, Kansas State Federation of Art, Philbrook Art Center (Tulsa), Springville Museum of Art (Utah), Oklahoma Museum of History, The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Iowa Historical Society, Laura Musser Museum of Art, and the DeMoines Art Center.

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Paintings by Leonard Good a Fifty-Year Retrospective, 1980 The Oklahoma Museum of Art:

Biography from Melton Art Reference Library:
Leonard Phelps Good:
Birth/Death: b. June 25, 1907, Chickasha, Indian Territory (IT-OK); d. February 13, 2000, Chickasha, OK

Profession: Taught art in Oklahoma City public schools before joining the University of Oklahoma faculty, 1930-1950, where he taught painting, drawing, composition, and histories of art; University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1950-1952; Head of the art department at Drake University, Des Moines, IA, 1952-1968, professor -1977; Visiting artist-in-residence, Iowa State University, 1960-1961; Central College in Pella; MacNider Museum of Art, Mason City; Artist-in-Residence, National Endowment of the Arts & Iowa Art Council, Shenandoah, IA, 1970-1971; Director of the Art Museum at the Oklahoma University of Science and Arts, Chickasha, OK,  ; Chief Photographer, Civilian Training School, Tinker Air Force Base, 1943-1944; courses and seminars, City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 1977-1997

Media: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, lithograph, and block print

Education: University of Oklahoma, Norman, B.F.A., 1927, student of O.B. Jacobson (and later a colleague as Professor of Art at Oklahoma University) and Laurence Williams; Art Students League, student of George Bridgman and Kimon Nicolaides, 1931, New York City; Paris, France, 1932; Mexico City, Mexico, 1936; Clarence White School of Photography, New York City, studied with Kenneth Linn and Olive Riley, 1936 summer, 1937; State University of Iowa, studied with Jean Charlot, 1940

Memberships: Prairie Watercolor Society; Oklahoma Art Association (1926-1950); SSAL; Springfield (MA) Art League; Delta Phi Delta (1924-1927), National Vice President (1954), National President (1958); Kansas Federation of Arts; Southern States Art League; El Modjii Art Club, OU School of Art (1929); Co-Founder (with Nan Sheets), Oklahoma Art Guild (1954); IAO (1980-1999)(Individual Artists of Oklahoma); Board member, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1980-1993)

Exhibitions: Art faculty exhibitions at Oklahoma University; exhibited paintings internationally; First and Second National Exhibitions of American Art, Rockefeller Center, New York City; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; American Painters in Paris Exhibition, Palais des Congres Galeries in France, 1975-1976; His paintings are among those that have been assembled by the Washington office of the WPA art program for national tours that lasted two years; Kansas City Art Center, Missouri; Denver Art Museum, (CO); Metzene Galleries, Houston, TX; Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK; Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma History Museum, Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma College for Women, Chickasha, OK; University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK; Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK; Kansas State Federation of Women’s Clubs; Gimbel Collection of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee; the Governor’s mansion, Des Moines, IA; Des Moines Art Center, (IA); 1940-1941 traveling exhibition, American Federation of Art; Oklahoma State Centennial, Chisholm Trail Museum, Duncan, OK, 2007; Annex Gallery, Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura-Shi, Ciba Prefecture, Japan, 2007

Collections: University of Oklahoma, Fred Jones Jr., Museum of Art, Norman, OK; University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK; Col. Gilbert Wright, San Antonio, TX; Chickasha Chamber of Commerce, (OK); Melton Art Reference Library, Oklahoma City, OK, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, (OK); Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK; Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, OK; Charles MacKnider Museum of Art, Mason City, IA;  Des Moines Municipal Art Center, (IA); Iowa State Arts Council, Des Moines, IA; City  of Kofu, Yamanashi-Ken, Japan; Urasenke International Foundation, Kyoto, Japan; Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM; and in many private collections

Awards: Letzeiser Medal in Art, 1927, University of Oklahoma; Purchase awards, Oklahoma Art Center; Oklahoma Historical Museum; University of Oklahoma; Philbrook Art Center, purchase prize, 1937 and 1st prize, 1938, Tulsa, OK; Kansas State Federation of Art, Manhattan, KS, purchase prize, 1941; Milwaukee (WI) Art Center, purchase prize; Springville (UT) Art Museum; Des Moines Art Center; Iowa State Fairs, 1952; Missouri Synod of Lutheran Churches; 1st awards, Association of Oklahoma Artists Exhibition, Oklahoma City, OK, 1953; silver medal, Delta Phi Delta National Exhibition, 1937; George Clark Snedden award, Tulsa Art Association, 1937; Elmer Ehilliam Pollock gold medal, Tulsa Art Association, 1937; 2nd  prize in oils, Association of Oklahoma Artists, 1939; Best in Show at two Iowa State Fair Art Salons; Madison Art Association Exhibit, Milwaukee Arts Center, watercolor, Purchase Award, 1951; the Charles Zadok Award, Wisconsin Airscapes; Fourth Annual National Exhibition of Small Paintings, Albuquerque, NM,  1st place, 1974; selected for the American Painters in Paris Exhibit, Palais des Congres, Paris, France, 1976;

Commissioned: By the state of Iowa and the Iowa Historical Society for historical portraitures

Published: The Chronicles of Oklahoma, “Oklahoma’s Art in the 1930’s: A Remembrance,” by Leonard Good, Vol. LXX, No. 2, Summer 1992; Who’s Who in American Art, 1935; Who’s Who in America, 1954;  Who’s Who in the World, 1973; illustrator, A Certain Young Widow, Woodworth, John, 1930;  Art Today,  for the Armed Forces Institute;  Sooner Magazine, October 1941; Crosstimbers, Spring 2001,  2002;  Daily Oklahoman, January 22, 1993, March 11, 1928; Misner Thesis, Oklahoma University, 1940; Oklahoma Gazette, February 11, 1993; The Sunday Oklahoman, December 28, 2003, March 9, 1947; Leonard Good, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Art Gallery, Chickasha, OK; critical reviews of art publications for The Daily Oklahoman, & The Foreign Language Quarterly, Books Abroad,  starting in 1933; wrote Correspondence Course, Art Today, for the Armed Forces Institute, 1951;  Uncommonly Good, Phelan, Andrew L., 2009; Who’s Who in Outstanding Educators of America, 1972; International Biography, Cambridge, 1996

Sources: Who’s Who in American Art;  Who’s Who in America;, Who’s Who in the World; illustrator, A Certain Young Widow, 1930; “Art Today, ” for the Armed Forces Institute; Sooner Magazine, October 1941; Crosstimbers, Spring 2001, 2002; Daily Oklahoman, January 22, 1993 and March 11, 1928; Misner Thesis, Oklahoma University, 1940; Oklahoma Gazette, February 11, 1993; The Sunday Oklahoman, December 28, 2003 and March 9, 1947; Leonard Good, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Art Gallery, Chickasha, OK

Of Note: In 1993, Oklahoma Governor David Walters proclaimed January 17 “Leonard Good Day” throughout the state; “An Evaluation of Art Activity in Oklahoma During its First Thirty Years of Statehood, A Thesis,” approved for the Department of Art by Oscar B. Jacobson, Leonard Good, and Edith Mahier; Misner Thesis.

Good was introduced to art at an early age, his cousin Willie Baze Hehn Lane, a professional artist from the eastern United States, had moved to Oklahoma when her father, a doctor, decided to open a hospital in Chickasha.  When Mrs. Lane’s other students weren’t scheduled for art class, she allowed Good to experiment with the paints. 

Oklahoma University chose Good, 22 years old at the time to be the new assistant professor of art.  As a teacher he taught drawing and painting using down to earth realistic everyday scenes. Tom Skogstrom, a former student and now commercial artist, said, “it was clear in Leonard’s studio that we would not be breaking rules until we were well aware of the rules being broken.” He is one of many students who moved into the professional realm of art. Among the others are Stanley Hess, a student at the University of Oklahoma, who like his teacher, became a professor of Art at Drake University, and it was Hess who recommended Good to Drake University as the person most qualified to be a member of the art department.

Submitted by Amena Butler, Art Librarian, Melton Art Reference Library


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