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Franklin Boggs

Excerpt from: Biographical Data on FRANKLIN BOGGS, BELOIT COLLEGE (Sept. 1959)

     Franklin Boggs is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Art and also Artist in Residence at Beloit College. A member of the Beloit Faculty since 1945, he has gained wide recognition as one of America's outstanding young artists and teachers.

     Named one of America's leading young artists by LIFE magazine while at Beloit, Professor Boggs has won nationwide recognition for imaginative works varying from a 112 foot mural depicting the history of New Orleans medicine to a unique metal and glass scriptural mural in the Marquette Memorial Union. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, his murals hang in public buildings, medical centers and educational institutions in various parts of the country and also abroad. Other works have been exhibited by many of the nation's leading galleries.

     During World War II, Mr. Boggs was one of twelve artists commissioned by the Abbott Laboratories to paint the story of army medicine. He has been among major winners in several Gimbel art competitions in Wisconsin and has executed works for leading Wisconsin industries. Nine paintings by Mr. Boggs -- all depicting the tanning industry and commemorating the centennial of the Albert Trostel and Sons firm in Milwaukee -- were exhibited at the 1958 Brussells Fair. The Beloit artist also designed a unique cement screen wall with stained glass and a large mural depicting architectural forms for the Maynard Meyer and Associates Architectural Firm in Milwaukee, and a mosaic mural for the Merchants Savings Bank in Janesville, Wis.

     During the 1958-59 academic year, Professor Boggs was in Finland and other parts of Europe on a Fulbright study grant to conduct research into the use of ceramics in architecture. The Beloit artist also gave a series of lectures on contemporary art and modern architecture in several European countries and exhibited two collections of American art work -- a special American children's art exhibit and a collection of American Indian art and artifacts from Beloit College's Logan Museum of Anthropology.

 

Examples of Archives Holdings:
       - Articles
       - Exhibition programs
       - Papers from abroad
       - Photographs of Boggs working & his paintings