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 Zona Lorraine Wheeler  (1913 - 1998)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Illinois      Known for: painting, commercial art, design, three-dimensional logos

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Bridgeport, Kansas; Feb. 15, 1913; died Wichita, Nov. 17, 1998. Commercial Artist. Painter. Etcher. Engraver. Lithographer. Studied at Bethany College, Lindsborg, the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Wichita Art Association School. Pupil of Birger Sandzén.

She moved to Wichita in 1934 and worked for C.A. Seward at Western Lithography Company then moved to Grit Printing where she started the art department for the firm. In 1943, she moved to McCormick Armstrong Co. of Wichita where she designed advertisements and illustrations.

She retired as head of the art 226 department at McCormick Armstrong in 1978. She then began 3-D Studio, specializing in three-dimensional art and logos.
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AWARDS:
Distinguished Alumni Award of Merit from Bethany College, 1972.

COLLECTIONS:
Woodcut Society, Kansas City; Wichita Art Association, Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery; Brach Museum; mural, Hotel Lassen, Wichita.

MEMBERSHIPS:
Wichita Art Guild; National Society of Mural Painters; Prairie Water Color Painters.

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
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); Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948; 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, 6, 7; Collins, Jim, and Glenn B. Opitz, eds. Women Artists in America: 18th Century to the Present (1790-1980). Rev. and enl. ed. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Apollo, 1980.; 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.) 1932-33, 1935-36, 1939; Wichita Eagle (Nov. 24, 1998); Sandzén files; AskArt, www.askart.com, accessed Dec. 28, 2005; Beach .
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.

Biography from Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery:
Zona L. Wheeler
(1913-1998)

Zona Lorraine Wheeler grew up on the family farm at Bridgeport, Kansas. Her parents Carl and Caroline Wheeler encouraged her development and interest in art. Zona was a student of Birger Sandzén and graduated from Bethany College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and the first Commercial Art Certificate.

She later studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Wichita Center for the Arts School. Travels and development of drawings and sketches as well as paintings contributed to her shows and exhibitions.

Her desire to be both a commercial artist and a studio artist was met by thirty-five years as a designer for the McCormick Armstrong Company, Inc. in Wichita, and several fine exhibitions of her art. By the end of her career as a commercial artist in 1978 she had become the head of the department at McCormick Armstrong. Her talents and skills as a designer were widely recognized and appreciated.

After her retirement she began her 3-D Studio, specializing in three-dimensional art and logos.

Zona exhibited at art directors clubs in Wichita, Colorado Springs, Halstead, and Topeka. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in American Women. She received the Matix Award, Women in Communications, Wichita in 1971, and the Bethany College Alumni Award of Merit in 1970.


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