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Charles Frederick Surendorf
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Richmond, IN
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Columbia, CA
Painter, etcher, lithographer, wood engraver. Following graduation from Ohio State University, Surendorf studied at the AIC and ASL in NYC. In 1935 he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and had further study at Mills College. Active in the local art scene, he was director of the first SF Art Festival. In 1946 he settled in the town of Columbia in the Sierra foothills. There he served as director of the short-lived Mother Lode Art School (1956) and produced works with an historic California theme until his death. His paintings and prints depict the rough-and-tumble life of the old mining country in a regionalist style similar to that of Thomas Hart Benton. (Hughes, "Artists in California 1786-1940," 1989)