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 Hubert Ropp  (1894 - 1973)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: portrait painting, sculpture, art education

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The following text comes from Bruce Allen:

He was a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, and also studied in Paris, France and Vienna, Austria. When Ropp returned to Chicago, he became Dean of the National Academy of Art.  In 1942, he was named Dean of the School of the Art Institute, where he served until 1959.  Ropp was an innovator in his field, and during his tenure the school became the largest of its kind in the United States.  "As a dean, Mr. Ropp expanded the curriculum of the school by adding more contemporary design classes, as well as a variety of courses that catered primarily to war veterans who enrolled in great numbers under the GI Bill.

As an artist he participated in 13 exhibitions of artists of Chicago and vicinity between 1927 and 1946. These shows, by invitation only, were staged annually at the Art Institute. The entire catalogue series for these exhibitions are available on-line via the Exhibition History web pages of the museum's website (under Institutional Archives). You'll find two of his works illustrated in the catalogues, one in 1927 and one in 1935. He also was selected to participate in the Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, also at the Art Institute, in 1932, and the Annual Watercolor exhibition, also here, in 1927 and 1939." (1)

Hubert taught art to my mother (Dorothy Keene Allen 1909 - 2002)) at the American Academy of Art prior to his joining the SAIC.  After his retirement, he remodeled our Club House, adjacent to our adult swimming pool, for an art studio at Livonia Farm, 901 S. Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville, IL.
His wife Gladys taught my brother Frank and sister Tammzen art when we were in pre-school, and later in life I enjoyed spending countless hours watching Mr. Ropp paint, sculpture, and work in almost every medium imaginable.  He was commissioned to paint Senator Everett Dirksen's portrait that hangs somewhere in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. and we have his oil paintings of my mother, grandmother and great grandfather. He was the first to paint with encaustic in the U.S.
Hubert was the kindest, gentle and most art intelligent and innovative professional that I have ever met.

Hubert Ropp was born on April 15, 1894, and passed away at the age of 79 in June of 1973.

(1) From correspondence with Bart Ryckbosch, Glasser and Rosenthal Family Archivist, The Art Institute of Chicago
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