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|Kindred McLeary is primarily known as an architect; however, his skills
extended to teaching fine art as well as painting, murals and set
design. McLeary was born in Weimar, Texas in 1901, graduated from
high school and then moved to Austin, Texas to study architecture at
the University of Texas. |
During his time at the University,
McLeary traveled to France to study at the American School of Fine
Arts, Fontainebleau where he studied under Jean Carlu. McLeary
returned to Austin and received a degree in architecture followed by
work in Florida and New York.
In 1926, McLeary assisted Jean Carlu with a mural in Boston and helped
execute murals on the ceiling of the Ziegfield Theater in New
York. Murals by him are also on the ceiling of the Landa House in
San Antonio, the U.S. Post Office in South Norwalk, Connecticut, and
the Madison Square Post Office at 23rd Street between Lexington and
Third Avenues in New York City.
In 1927, he joined the
architecture faculty at the University of Texas, but was asked to leave
at the end of the year because he was making home brew during
Prohibition times. The next year he joined the architecture
faculty of the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and
remained there until his death.
McLeary died from injuries sustained in a fall at his studio in the Allegheny Mountains near Confluence, Pennsylvania in 1941.
was a member of the Pittsburgh Art Association. His exhibitions
included the Edgar B. Davis Competition, San Antonio (1928); Pittsburgh
Art Association; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
(1940); Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas.
The painting Cotton by McLeary in the Edgar B. Davis Competition
was controversial because of the perception that it was obscene because
of the depiction of a nude black female.
John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists
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