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Ray Scepter Boynton
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Whitten, IA
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Albuquerque, NM
He was born on a farm near Whitten, Iowa on January 14, 1883.  He went to Chicago in 1903, and worked at odd jobs while studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts under Henderson, Norton, and Reynolds.  The following year he had his first exhibition with the Chicago Society of Artists. Seven years were spent in Spokane, WA before settling in San Francisco in 1915. His arrival coincided with the opening of the PPIE where his works were being exhibited. During WWI he served in the armed forces as a recruiting officer at Angel Island in SF Bay. Following the war, he began teaching at teh CSFA (1919) and at UC Berkeley from 1923. He executed many things mural commissions locally, and in 1934 he was one of 26 artists selected by the federal government to paint murals in Coit Tower. He also painted 12 lunettes in the Modesto Post Office for the Federal Public Works of Art Project. After retiring from UC in 1948, he moved to New Mexico. Boynton died on Sept. 26, 1951 in the Veteran's Hospital in Albuquerque. He is best know today for his ffor his many murals and canvases, done in oil and pastel, of the Mother Lode country and old California landmarks. Artists in California 1786-1940, Edan Hughes