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 Eugene James McFarland  (1908 - 1955)

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Lived/Active: Ohio/Oklahoma/Kansas/Missouri      Known for: frontier genre, mural

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, AOA, NEAA: Fine Art Consultant,

Eugene James McFarland -educator and painter of American frontier genre - was born in St. Louis, MO in 1908 and died in 1955. His only two listed addresses are Delaware, OH and Enid, OK but, unfortunately, no timeframe was given for either one. McFarland earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas and studied at the University of Southern California and Ohio State. He also studied with Albert Bloch (1882-1961), Raymond James Eastwood (1898-?), and the German-American artist, Karl Mattern (1892-1969).

Positions held by McFarland include Director of the Wichita Art Museum; teacher and Director of the School of Arts at Phillips University from 1938 to 1942; and, from 1942 on, he was a teacher and Fine Art Department Head at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware. He held memberships with the College Art Association of America in NYC; the Ohio Watercolor Society; the Columbus Art League; the Oklahoma Art Association; and the Enid Art League.

McFarland exhibited with the Kansas City Art League from 1936 to 1938, 1940, and 1942; St. Joseph Art Week in 1937 and won a prize; the Denver Art Museum from 1938 to 1940; the Oklahoma Artists from 1938 to 1941; the Tulsa Five States Exhibition in 1938 and 1940; the Oklahoma State Fair in 1939 and won a prize; the Oklahoma Art Exhibit in 1939 and won a prize; the Butler Art Institute in 1943, 1944, and 1946; the Parkersburg Fine Art Center from 1943 to 1945; the Ohio Valley Artists from 1943 to 1945; and the Columbus Art League from 1943 to 1946.

Collections include murals at Phillips University, the Oklahoma Historical Building, and San Miguel, Mexico.

Sources include:
Who Was Who in American Art, 1999, page 2120; Davenport's Art Reference 2003/2004, page 1245; Mallett, Supplement, page 185; Dealer's Choice Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters... 2002 page 921; AskART Archives.
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Kansas City Art League; Denver Art Museum; Oklahoma Artists; Tulsa Five State Exhibition; Butler Art Institute; Ohio Valley Artists; Columbus Art League.
College Art Association; Ohio Watercolor Society; Columbus Art League; Oklahoma Art Assoc; Enid Art League.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born St. Louis, 1908; died 1955 or 1956?. Painter, spec murals and frontier life. Teacher. Came to Kansas as a child. Earned a BFA from University of Kansas, Lawrence, a PhD from Ohio State University in 1947, and studied at the University of Southern California. Pupil of Albert Bloch, Raymond Eastwood, and Karl Mattern. His artwork was displayed when the renovated Lawrence Public Library reopened in Nov. 1937. Taught at Phillips University (OK) from 1938-1942, and, from 1942, at Ohio Wesleyan University Illustrated a book of poems, Thistle Down and Prairie Rose by Bess Truitt in 1940. McFarland was head of Wichita University's art department and director of the Wichita Art Museum, which was then operated under the municipal university's authority.
Murals at the Oklahoma Historical Building and at Phillips University

College Art Association; Ohio Watercolor Society; Columbus Art League; Oklahoma Art Assoc; Enid Art League.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); 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; Wichita Eagle (Nov.1, 1947); Beach; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 21, 2005; Lawrence J-W (Nov. 17, 1937).
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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