1946 – Artist John Steuart Curry Dies

On this date artist died in Madison. Curry was born in Dunavant, Kansas. Curry’s family on both sides settled Kansas as free-staters. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the Chicago Art Institute, in Paris, France (drawing), and the Art Student’s League in New York, where he also later taught. He worked as an illustrator for many years, as a mural painter for the Works Project Administration (WPA). He was appointed the first artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin in 1937 and remained in Madison until his death. His most famous Great Lakes regional picture, Wisconsin Landscape (plate 11), was purchased by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1942. Curry also traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus one year. He painted murals in the Kansas State Capitol and the Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C. John Steuart Curry was hailed in 1934 by as one of the three leading Regionalist American artists of his time, along with Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. During the 1930s, these artists were known for their depictions of the Midwestern region. He died of a stroke in Madison, Wisconsin. [Source: ]