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 Loran Frederick Wilford  (1893 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut/Kansas/Florida      Known for: genre, sea-landscape, illustrations

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

The following information was submitted in August of 2006 by his son Norman D. Wilford:

I am the first born son of Loran F. Wilford, December 7, 1921.  My father was born September 13, 1882, Wamego Kansas, died on December 5, 1972 at Sarasota Florida.  Interment was at  the Wamego City Cemetery, Wamego KS; the euology was given by Col. "pic" Diller, retired, (Aid to General Macarthur).

My father's studio in Stamford CT, of many years, is now used as an apartment, with the property in family possession. He was a magazine illustrator in the 30s and again in the 40s and taught art, mostly watercolor, at Ringling School Of Art at Sarasota FL, for 33 years.
He was a member of the  Salmagundi Club, Sarasota Art Association, Bradenton, (FL) Art League and Royal Water Color Society in London England.
The various members of the Wilford Family have many original paintings, watercolors and original magazine illustrations back to 1920s; most are signed with L F Wilford. 

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Wamego, Sept. 13, 1892; died Stamford, CT., Dec. 5, 1972. Painter. Illustrator. Teacher. Studied at Kansas City Art Institute and with Charles Wilimovsky and George Pearse Ennis. Began with artwork in the art department of the Kansas City Star in 1917 living in Kansas City from 1917-23. Moved east to Stamford, CT and lived in Connecticut until 1953 working for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Everybody's, McCall's, and Hearst's International. Illustrated several children's books written by Mabel Harmer in the 1950s. Taught at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL from 1936-43 and 1948-69.
Honorable mention, California Print Maker, 1922; Silver medal for Graphic Arts, Midwestern Artists? Exhibition, 1922; Gallatin Prize, NY Water Color Club, 1929; Zebruskie Prize, American Water Color Society, 1929; McGowan Prize, 1930; Osborne Prize, 1933; Isidor Prize, Salmagundi Club, 1930; Shaw Prize, 1931; Philadelphia Water Color Prize, 1931.

New York Public Library; Toledo Museum of Art; High Museum of Art; Holmes Public School, Darien, CT.; SandzÚn Memorial Art Gallery

Society of Independent Artists; Audubon Artists; Artists Guild of Authors League of America; Society of Illustrators; Salons of America; New York Water Color Society; American Water Color Society; Salmagundi Club.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Art Digest ( Apr. 15, 1931); Ladies Home Journal ( Mar. 1927); American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-194725; Reinbach, Edna, comp. ?Kansas Art and Artists?, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Who?s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1-4; 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); American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 12/ 24/ 18/ 20/ 22; Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; Who?s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 6, 7; Annual Exhibition of the Artists of Kansas City and Vicinity (Kansas City Art Institute, 1915-21) 1915, 1920-21; Midwestern Artists? Exhibition (Kansas City: Kansas City Art Institute, 1920-1942 Mines, Cynthia. For the Sake of Art: The Story of an Art Movement in Kansas. s.l. Mines, 1979.) 1922; Reed, Walt. The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000. New York: Society of Illustrators, 2001.; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 28, 2005.
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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