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Clay Edgar Spohn
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San Francisco, CA
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New York, NY
Painter, muralist, lithographer, illustrator. Spohn studied at the CCAC (1912), UC Berkeley under Perham Nahl (1918), CSFA (1921), ASL in NYC under Miller, B. Robinson, Luks, and DuBois (1922-25), and Academie Moderne in Paris (1926). Returning to SF, he became active in the local art scene. During the late 1930s, he was commissioned by the WPA to paint murals in the Montebello (CA) Post Office and Los Gatos High School. From 1945-50 he was an instructor at the CSFA, and from 1952-58 he was a resident of Taos, NM. He then returned to NY and from 1964-69 taught at the NY School of Visual Arts. He was a close friend of Alexander Calder and it was Spohn who suggested to Calder that he incorporate movement into his sculpture. An exponent of modern art, he experimented with Surrealism, Dadaism, and Abstract Expressionism. (Hughes, Artists in California, 1989)