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Wayne Thiebaud
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Mesa, Arizona
Wayne Thiebaud once summarized the creative investigation that preoccuped him for more than 25 years, "I see myself as a traditional painter. I'm very much interested in the concept of realism and the notion of inquiry into what the tradition of realism is all about." * However, when he first gained national and international acclaim in the early sixties, writers, critics and curators linked his work to Pop Art rather than traditonal realistic work. *Wayne Thiebaud, "As Far as I'm Concerned, There Is Only One Study and That Is the Way in Which Things Relate to One Another, " Untitled 7-8 (Carmel, Calif.: Friends of Photography, 1974), p. 24. RESIDENCE: Sacramento, California; studio in San Francisco; Professor Emeritus of Art, University of California, Davis FAMILY HISTORY: Born to Alice E. Le Baron and Morton J. Thiebaud; older of two children (sister Marjory); grew up in Long Beach, California, and southern Utah. 1943 married Patricia Patterson 1945 daughter born (Twinka) 1952 daughter born (Mallary Ann) 1959 divorced Patricia Patterson; married Betty Jean Carr; adopted son (Matthew Bult Carr) 1960 son born (Paul Le Baron) EDUCATION: 1949-1950 attended San Jose State College (now San Jose State University), California 1953 MA, 1951 BA, California State College (now California State University), Sacramento HONORARY DOCTORATE: 1983 Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on occasion of one-person exhibition, Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings, Drawings, Graphics 1961-1983 MILITARY SERVICE: 1942-1945 served in U.S. Army Air Force, Mather Army Air Field (now Mather Air Force Base), near Sacramento. Cartoonist for base newspaper, muralist, illustrator. Transferred to first Air Force Motion Picture Unit, Culver City, California. AWARDS and HONORS include: 1959 Columbia Records design award for album cover (Dave Brubeck's Jazz Impressions of Eurasia) 1978 Prix de Rome Award Panel for painting 1981 Most Distinguished Studio Teacher of the Year (1980-1981) Citation, College Art Association of America 1981 Commission to create poster image celebrating Los Angeles Bicentennial 1984 Faculty Research Lecture Medal, presented in conjunction with 50th anniversary of University of California, Davis 1984 Award of Distinction, National Art Schools Association 1984 Special Citation Award, National Association of Schools and Art and Design 1987 Cyril Magnin Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Arts on behalf of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 1987Award of Honor for distinguished service to the arts, San Francisco Arts Commission 1987 Honoree, American Academy of Achievement 1988 Elected Fellow to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Boston 1990 Distinguished Service Award, California State University, Sacramento NON-ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS: 1945-1946 Freelance Cartoonist, Illustrator, Layout Designer, Los Angeles 1946-1949 Cartoonist and Layout Designer, Rexall Drug Company, Los Angeles (co-worker, Robert Mallary, was influential artistic and intellectual catalyst) 1950-1959 Summers. Art Exhibit Designer, California State Fair and Exposition, Sacramento 1954-1959 Established Patrician Films, a company that produced educational art films. (in 1956 the film, Space, won Chicago Golden Reel Award and first prize at Art Film Festival, California State Fair) 1956-1957 During Teaching Sabbatical (see ACADEMIC POSITIONS) was Advertising Art Director in New York City (at Deutsch and Shea Advertising Agency and Frederick A. Richardson Advertising Agency) 1958 Co-founder, Artists Cooperative Gallery (now Artists Contemporary Gallery), Sacramento 1978 Advisory Consultant to Idaho Governor's Conference on the Arts ARTIST IN RESIDENCE and VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS include: 1967-1984 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; University of Victoria, British Columbia; Rice University, Houston; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; University of Utah, Salt Lake City; Stanford University, California; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; Laguna Beach School of Art, California; New York Studio School. ACADEMIC POSITIONS: 1951-1960 Instructor of Art, Sacramento Junior College (now Sacramento City College). Chairman of art department, 1954-1956, 1958-1960. 1956-1957 Teaching sabbatical. Lived in New York. Met other artists, e.g., Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Barnett Newman, Philip Pearlstein, Milton Resnick, Harold Rosenberg. 1958 Summer. Guest Instructor, Printmaking, California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Insitute), substituted for Nathan Oliveira. 1960 Assistant Professor, Department of Art, University of California, t; 1963-1967 Associate Professor; 1967 appointed Professor; currently Professor Emeritus. ASSOCIATION WITH MAJOR PRINTING WORKSHOPS: 1965 Crown Point Press published Delights, a portfolio of etchings 1983 Traveled to Japan under auspices of Crown Point Press, to work with traditional Japanese woodblock printers Parasol Press, New York Trillium Graphics, Brisbane, California Arnera Printshop, Vallauris, France SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS include: 1990-1997 -Museum of Modern Art, New York -American Federation of the Arts -Associated American Artists, New York City -Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco -Karsten Schubert, Ltd., London 1980-1989 -John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (various exhibits) -Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (traveled) -Gallery Hiro, Osaka, Japan (traveled) -Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento (also -San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (“Wayne Thiebaud” retrospective, traveled) -Alan Stone Gallery, New York -University of Richmond Gallery, Virginia -Crown Point Press, Oakland, California and New York -Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco 1970-1979 -Whitney Museum of American Art (“Wayne Thiebaud-Graphics” traveled, including California Palace of the Legion of Honor) -The Denver Art Museum, Colorado -Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Oregon -Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona (“Wayne Thiebaud: Survey 1947-76” traveled, including The Oakland Museum, California) 1960-1969 -San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -Stanford University Museum, California -Pasadena Art Museum (now Norton Simon Museum), California (traveled, including San Francisco Museum of Art, now San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) -M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum -Galleria Schwartz, Milan, Italy 1950-1959 -Gump’s Gallery, San Francisco -Artist’s Cooperative Gallery, Sacramento -Ziville Gallery, Los Angeles SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS include: 1990-1997 -Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (June-September 1997), FAMSF (October 1997-January 1998) -Contemporary Prints & Portfolios from the Permanent Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago -Directions in Bay Area Printmaking: 3 Decades, Palo Alto Cultural Center, California -Color Block Prints of the 20th Century, American Association of Artists, New York 1980-1989 -Woodblock Prints from Crown Point Press, Crown Point Press, New York -The Bay Area Tradition: Robert Bechtle, Christopher Brown and Wayne Thiebaud, Crown Point Press, San Francisco and New York -A Private Vision: Contemporary Art from the Graham Gund Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston -Elegant Miniatures from San Francisco and Kyoto, Belca House, Kyoto, Japan (traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) -A Salute to the San Francisco Art Institute, John Berggruen Gallery -Contemporary American Realism, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (traveled, including The Oakland Museum, California and Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon) -American Portrait Drawings, Smithsonian Institution -The Painterly Print: Monotypes from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (traveled to The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) -American Drawing in Black and White, The Brooklyn Museum -Drawings, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York Urban Images: Scenes of the City, A.P. Gianini Gallery, Bank of America World Headquarters, San Francisco -Works from Crown Point Press, Pace Gallery, New York -Drawings 1974-1984, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. -The American Artist as Printmaker, Brooklyn Museum -World Print 4, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (traveled) -For 25 Years: Crown Point Press, Museum of Modern Art, New York -Subject: Object, Nicola Jocobs Gallery, London, England 1970-1979 -Drawings of the 70’s, Art Institute of Chicago -Stanford Monotypes, Stanford Museum of Art, California -Artists Postcards, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York (traveled, including Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) -Crown Point Press at the San Francisco Art Institute -Recent American Painting and Sculpture in the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York -Eight from California, Smithsonian Institution -America 1976, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. (traveled) -Seventieth American Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago -Documenta 5, Kassel, West Germany -American Painting 1970, Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond 1960-1969 -1969 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York -Pop Art Drawing, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts -New Art in Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art -Recent Still Life, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence -The San Francisco Collector, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum -Paintings by U.C. Artists, University Art Gallery, Berkeley -California Palace of the Legion of Honor Invitational -Pop Art USA, Oakland Art Museum (now Oakland Museum), California 1950-1959 -Bay Printmakers’ Society Annual Exhibition of Prints, Oakland Art Museum -Fifth Annual Biennial of Contemporary Color Lithography, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio