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 Raymond Kenneth Kennon  (1903 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Missouri      Known for: Painting, crafts, design, architecture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Raymond Kenneth Kennon (b.February 26, 1903, Dunnegan, Missouri-d. September 20, 1984, Springfield, Missouri

Married to Ethelyn Mae Peebles, 8/6/1924, Springfield, MO. Children: Marilyn Ann (1930, deceased), Raymond Kenneth Jr. (1935), Marvin Lee Kennon (1937, deceased)

From 1928 to 1939 he was an architect in the office of a Springfield (MO) construction company.  In 1933 he began painting seriously, largely self-taught.

He worked in many mediums, but in best known for his watercolors.

He taught painting at the Springfield Art Museum, Drury College special sessions, and Summer School in Eureka Springs, AR, as well as privately.

Exhibited:
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
One-man shows in Springfield (MO) and at the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, MO.
Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, OK
City Museum of St. Louis, MO
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery in Kansas City, MO
Ogunquit Art Center, Ogunquit, ME
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

In 1939 he organized the Ozarks Artists Association.  He promoted the first Annual Street Fairs in Springfield (MO), the first Fine Arts exhibits at the Ozark Empire District Fair, the first one-man shows at the Springfield Art Museum,  the first traveling art exhibits sent out from Springfield, MO, the first Annual Art Week exhibits in Springfield.  In 1941 he opened the Ozark Art and Crafts Center in Springfield as an open market place to exhibit and sell Ozark art and crafts.

Judging Art Shows included:
Missouri State Fair Fine Arts Department
Watercolor USA, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

Art Collection:
His work is included in the permanent collection of the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

His biography is included in the 1945-46 edition of Who's Who in American Art.

Information provided by Raymond Kenneth Kennon, Jr., eldest son of the artist.  The source of this information is his own personal knowledge and biographical information in his
possession as the artist's eldest son.

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