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 Harry Fielding Winebrenner  (1885 - 1969)

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Lived/Active: California/West Virginia      Known for: sculptor-figure, illustrator, genre

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Born in Summersville, WV on Jan. 4, 1885. Winebrenner grew up on a farm in Oklahoma. He studied art with Taft and Mulligan at the University of Chicago and AIC where he won a scholarship for further study at the British Academy in Rome and Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. He taught in the public schools in Chicago before settling in southern California about 1917. He was head of the art department at Venice High School for 26 years and fulfilled many sculpture commissions in the Venice area. Winebrenner was active in southern California until his death in Los Angeles on Oct. 8, 1969. Exh: Calif. Art Club, 1920s; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1920; Sculptors Guild of So. Calif., 1923-25; Pasadena Art Inst., 1925; Carmelita Gallery (LA), 1925; Santa Monica Public Library, 1929 (solo); Flower & Trade Expo (LA), 1929; Society for Sanity in Art, 1940s. In: Oklahoma Historical Society; Oklahoma Museum; Polytechnic Library, Venice (bronze bust); Venice High School (Venus, modeled by Myrna Loy).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); American Art Annual 1915-33; Who's Who in American Art 1936-62; Who's Who on the Pacific Coast 1947; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure).
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Note from Rex Ackerson:

Mr. Winebrenner was a high school student at University Preparatory School at Tonkawa, Oklahoma from 1904-1908. He then went on to the Chicago Art Institute and after graduation spent about one year studying in Italy.
He taught at University Preparatory School from 1915-17, not in the
Note from Alice Parshall:

My father Harry F. Winebrenner was for many years the head of the art
department at the Venice High School in Venice, California. The school
was well known for its small pond and the sculpture he created that
graced the front of the school buildings on Venice Blvd.

His name was also associated with one of his pupils, the actress Myrna Loy {Myrna Williams} who also posed for the main statue in the group.

During those years he made a bust of Abbot Kinney, the founder of
Venice, California that I believe still survives in the Venice Library.

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