Arthur Nicholson Colt (1889 - 1972)

Birth date: 1889 Death date: 10/24/1972  
Birth location: Ottumwa, Iowa Death location: Madison, Wisconsin  
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Arthur Nicholson Colt
Born in 1889 Ottumwa, Iowa
Died 1972 in Madison, Wisconsin
Arthur Colt was a portrait painter and educator in Madison, Wisconsin.  He studied at the Chicago Art Institute and in Paris (despite the regional preference for study in Germany).

He taught in the University of Wisconsin - Madison Art Department and ran summer art colonies at Black River in Sheboygan, Devil's Lake and Gills Rock in Door County. He was a member of the Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors and a (WPA) Works Progress Administration artist in the Federal Works of Art Project in 1933-1934..
He founded the Colt School of Art in 1926, which was noted for its instruction in the colorist style, and was its director until 1966, building a reputation as a colorist and realist painter.  Even so, his art always retained the warmth and atmosphere of the French tradition whose influence could be seen in the works
of such Wisconsin artists as Rebecca Chase, Frederick M. Grant, George Raab, Austin Saecker, George Oberteuffers and Gerrit Sinclair, who also spent time visiting, studying or working in Parisian studios.
Selected Group Exhibitions
1927 Milwaukee Art Institute Exhibition, portrait of Sol Levitan
1928 Eighteenth exhibition of the Milwaukee Journal's Gallery of wisconsin art, portrait of Zona Gale
1929 Nineteenth exhibition of the Milwaukee Journal's Gallery of Wisconsin Art, portrait of Mrs. Elizabeth Ford of Madison, WI
 first annual Wisconsin Salon of Art,  
1945 Madison Artists' Exhibition, Madison Public Library
1982 - 1983 Milwaukee Art Museum: Reflections on the Milwaukee Journal Gallery of Wisconsin Art
West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts (now known as Museum of Wisconsin Art): Selections from the Permanent Collection of  Wisconsin Regionalist & American Scene Painters
West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts (now known as West Bend Art Museum): Early Wisconsin                Ambiance: Environments & Landscapes by Wisconsin's Early Artists 1880-1940
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, Wisconsin: Collecting the Art of Wisconsin: The Early Years

Selected Awards

 1927 Milwaukee Art Institute Exhibition, Gold medal for his portrait of Sol Levitan 
1933 Awarded first prize in the first annual Wisconsin Salon of Art
Honorable mention, Madison Artists' Exhibition, Madison Public Library for The White Scarf
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