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 Walter Richard West  (1912 - 1996)

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Lived/Active: Oklahoma / India      Known for: paintings, crafts, teaching, lectures

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Eldon Johnson:

Walter Richard West, near Darlington, Oklahoma, 8 September 1912.

Haskell Indian School, 1935
Bacone College, AA, 1938
University of Oklahoma, BFA, 1941, and MFA
1950; mural techniques with Olaf Nordmark
1941-42; graduate work, University of Redlands, Northeastern State University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Tulsa.

Military Service: U.S. Navy, World War II.

Sculptor, painter,
Muralist Bacone College, U.S. Post Office, Okemah, Oklahoma
Designed official seal for the annual American Indian Exposition, Anadarko, Oklahoma
Dustjacket cover for "The Cheyenne Way", Karl Llewellyn and Hoebel Adamson, Norman, 1941,
Designed a series of 50 medallions for the Franklin Mint, 1874-75
Instructor and Director, Art Department, Bacone College, 1947 to 1970
Director of Art, 1970-72, and Chairman of the Division of Humanities, 1972-77, Haskell Indian Nations University
Commissioner, Indian Arts and Crafts Board

Fellow, International Institute of Arts and Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland President, Muscogee Art Guild
Various honors at juried competitions, including those sponsored by the Denver Art Museum, the Cherokee National Museum, the Philbrook Art Center, and the Oklahoma State Fair

Honorary Degrees
Eastern Baptist College, St. David's, Pennsylvania, 1963
Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas, 1977.
Died: 3 May 1996.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Darlington, OK, Sept. 8, 1912; died 1996. Painter. Sculptor. Printmaker. Teacher. Also known as Wah-Pah-Nah-Yah or Lightfoot Runner. Native American of the Cheyenne tribe. Attended Haskell Institute, Lawrence in 1935; earned an AA degree from Bacone College in 1938; earned a BFA in 1941 and a MFA in 1950 from University of Oklahoma. Pupil of Olaf Nordmark. Taught at Bacone College and at Haskell. His son, also named W. Richard West, is director of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. DC. Award: Philbrook Art Center, 1955.
Denver Art Museum; Gilcrease Museum; Joslyn Art Museum; Museum of the American Indian; Museum of Northern Arizona; National Gallery of Art; Philbrook Art Museum. First Annual Exhibition Selected from the Work of Artists from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas. Tulsa: Philbrook Art Museum, 1940.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
AskArt,, accessed July 30, 2006; Lester, Patrick D. The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters. Tulsa: Sir Publications, 1995..
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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