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 Thomas John Harter  (1905 - 1981)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/California/Illinois      Known for: western genre, wildlife and landscape painting

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Thomas John Harter
from Auction House Records.
Riders in an Arizona Landscape
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Naperville, Illinois, Thomas Harter moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1920.  At age 17, he apprenticed to a local lithographer, and then worked in Los Angeles as a professional lithographer and designer with Western Lithograph Company from 1922-25; and as staff artist of the Los Angeles Examiner newspaper from 1925-1929.  From 1929 to 1930, he was head of that newspaper's art department. 

Further art education included evening classes in 1925 at the California Art Institute with Carl Borg; the Art Students League in 1930 in New York City; and study from 1932-34 with Harvey Dunn at Grand Central Art School.  In 1937, he moved to Tempe, Arizona, and in 1940, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Arizona State University.  Two years later, he received an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon.

From 1937 to 1946, Harter was an art instructor in Tempe at A.S. U. , and in 1952, he served as Fine Arts Division Superintendent of the Arizona State Fair.  He was also an illustrator for Arizona Highways, and an illustrator of Arizona-related books including Game in the Desert, 1939; Hunting in the Southwest, 1946; Arizona: The History of a Frontier State, 1950.

Thomas Harter died in Phoenix in 1981.

Arizona Education Association; Arizona Painters and Sculptors, 1938; Brooklyn Museum, 1935; American Water Color Society; New York Water Color Club, 1934-37; California Water Color Society, 1943-62; Museum of New Mexico; solo exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, 1964; Retrospective Exhibition, Arizona State University, 1972.

Arizona State University Portrait Collection, 12 portraits of notables; Scottsdale Fine Arts Commission; University of Oregon

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
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Artists in California, 1786-1940

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