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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/California      Known for: portrait, genre, history, landscape

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Frank Wright
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The Artist in His Studio
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FRANK WRIGHT was born in 1932 in Washington D.C. He attended local schools, graduating from Eastern High School in 1950. At this time, he received a scholarship from the National Society of Arts & Letters to attend the American University, as an art major. Upon completion of his degree requirements in 1954, he received a B.A. degree and was awarded the Elizabeth Van Swinderin Award in Fine Arts.

In 1956, he was awarded a Leopold Schepp Foundation Fellowship for studies and research in Florence, Italy, at the Bernard Berenson Villa i Tatti. The research here was on the relationship of Florentine painting to the Florentine theatre in the Quattrocento. This became the subject of his Master's Thesis in Art History, under the direction of Dr. Allen S. Weller, a noted art historian and writer on art, who was the Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champagne. Wright received his Master's in Art History in 1960.

In 1959, Wright was awarded the first Paul J. Sachs Fellowship in Graphic Arts by the eminent collector Lessing J. Rosenwald, a founder of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He began his fellowship at the National Gallery and then went on to become the Sachs Fellow at the Fogg Museum, Harvard. This was followed by three years of study of prints and drawings in Paris, at the Bibliotheque Nationale and, most especially, the Atelier 17 of Stanley William Hayter. Here he learned etching, engraving (burin) and Deep-bite Etching under Hayter's tutelage.

Upon his return to America in 1964, he opened a studio in the historic LeDroit Building in front of [what was to become] the National Portrait Gallery with the artists William Woodward, Gerald Wartofsky, and Dominic Spadaro. Here he worked for the next 32 years as a painter and print maker. In 1966, he moved to his current studio in the Ambassador Building, Columbia Plaza, near the George Washington University, where he has taught since 1970.

Frank Wright has had solo exhibitions in the Washington area and in New York at the Kennedy Galleries, Inc. , both in painting and graphics. His most important exhibition was entitled "Frank Wright Paintings 1968-1980" and was held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. in 1981. That same year, Wright had two simultaneous exhibitions at Kennedy Galleries in Painting and Graphics, respectively.

Wright was married to Mary Eleanor Dow in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in 1957. They have one daughter, Suzanne Wright (Quaide), who is the Director of Education at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. He and his wife live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Wright is a member of the Cosmos Club, Washington D.C. and Omicron Delta Kappa (Beta Circle), and is a Professor of Drawing and Graphics at the George
Washington University.

Most notable of Wright's many commissions in his portrait of the Honorable Thomas F. Foley for the Speakers' Gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives. Wright is an active figurative painter and specializes in scenes of Washington, both contemporary and historic, genre subjects, and scenes of the Chesapeake Bay----aside from his portraits.

He works several days a week at his studio at George Washington University.

In addition to major museums, the artist's work is represented in:
The Superior Court Art Trust, Washington DC
University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
U.S. House of Representatives, Speakers Gallery, U.S. Capitol, Washington DC

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