Adolph Robert Shulz (1869 - 1963)

Birth date: 6/12/1869 Death date: 1963  
Birth location: Delavan, Wisconsin Death location: Brown County, Indiana  
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Adolph Robert Shulz

Born 1869 in Delavan, Wisconsin

Died 1963

Delavan’s most important artist, Adolph Robert Shulz was a teacher, and a landscape and portrait painter. Initially he studied with Albert McCoy, a local commercial artist. In 1887 he attended the Art Institute of Chicago and studied under John Vanderpoel. His further studies in art were at The Art Student’s League, in New York with William Merritt Chase, in 1893, at Academy Julian in Paris and he also spent some time in Munich, Germany.

Adolph and Ada Walter Shulz (1870-1928), his first wife, another Wisconsin artist whom he met while studying at the A.I.C., were married in 1893, and had a son, Walter Shulz (1895-1918). He was a budding young artist who died in 1918 while in the army.

Shulz returned to Delavan in 1895 and lived there for the next twenty years. During this time he was active in the Chicago art world, encouraging A.I.C. instructors, John Vanderpoel and Charles Boutwood to send their students to Delavan to take art classes from him. He was a master in painting tonal landscapes, in the Impressionist style.

After 1907 he spent his summers painting the rugged scenery and beauty of Brown County, Indiana and in 1917 he finally made his permanent residence in Nashville, Brown County, Indiana. Shulz was the co-founder and charter member of Brown County (Indiana) Art Colony.

Through-out his career Shulz was also on the faculty of the Ringling School Of Art in Sarasota, Florida, and a member of The Chicago Palette and Chisel Club, Brown County (Indiana) Galleries Association, Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, Chicago Galleries Association and the Sarasota Art Association. He was also listed as a W.P.A. artist. His work is known to be in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Indianapolis Museum of Art and the West Bend Art Museum.

Selected Group Exhibitions

1896-1908,                  Art Institute of Chicago Annual Exhibitions (1900, Young Fortnightly Prize,

1910-1916, 1918         1908, Grower Prize and 1904, Municipal Art League Purchase Prize)

1913                            Rotary Exhibition, Society of Milwaukee Artists

1915                            W.P.& S., Milwaukee Art Society Exhibition.

1917                            W.P.& S., Milwaukee Art Institute Exhibition

1918                            5th Annual Exhibition of W.P.& S. (Milw. Art Institute Medal winner)

1924-1931                   Milwaukee Journal Gallery of WI. Art Exhibitions

1925-1942                   Hoosier Salon, Indiana (Prize winner)

© 10/23/2007 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin                                                    6/2/2010

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