Thomas Mueller Dietrich (1912 - 1998)

Birth date: 1/20/1912 Death date: 1998  
Birth location: Appleton, Wisconsin Death location:  
Media: Glass , Graphic Art , Painting , Sculpture Web site:
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Thomas Mueller Dietrich

Born 1912 in Appleton, Wisconsin

Died 1998 in Appleton, Wisconsin   As a young man he entered the experimental college of the University of Wisconsin in 1929 - 1931. He also studied in the Cincinnati Art Academy, The Minneapolis School of Art, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, in New York and at Saugatuck, Michigan summer school. He has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago where he received the Tuthill Prize for watercolor n 1941; at the annual Wisconsin shows where he received the Journal prize.


Dietrich was artist in residence at Lawrence College for 30 years. Tom Dietrich painted in the American Regionalist style, painting for 7 decades, he gained fame in Wisconsin and beyond for his watercolors of Fox Valley landscapes, bridges, factories, and people. In 1941 he was selected to paint a mural for President Van Buren’s main lounge of his new ship, he painted a skyscraper scene of Manhattan and the New York Harbor. This same ship was later bombed and destroyed during World War II. In 1941 he also married his wife Margaret a Wisconsin artist he met in an Appleton art supply store. In 1964 he researched a mural on Martin Luther, in Europe, for the Reformation for the Aid Association for Lutherans. During 1971-72 he studied stained glass in Europe so he could design a window for the Presbyterian Church in Appleton and also for about 70 other churches in the Midwest and California.


In 1952, Dietrich was one of the founding members of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society he was also an active member of Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors. More than 1000 of his paintings are in public and private collections throughout the United States. Some Wisconsin public collections that own his work are the Wisconsin Union Art Collection, UW-Milwaukee, The City of Milwaukee and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.


Selected Exhibitions:

1938 – 1941,43, 46     Art Institute of Chicago Annual Exhibitions ( award winner 1941)

1963                              Wisconsin Artists – 1855 Until Today, Milwaukee Art Center, WI.

1976                              A Century Plus Of Wisconsin Watercolors, sponsored by the Racine Art Association at the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI., The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Nicolet College, The West Bend Gallery Of Fine Arts, the University of WI.- Oshkosh, the Racine Art Guild and the Wisconsin Watercolor Society.

1998                            150 Years of Wisconsin Printmaking, Elvehjem Museum Of Art, UW- Madison, WI.

2002                                                        50th Anniversary Exhibition of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society,

                                    West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, WI.

© 3/16/2009 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend                                                                                2/18/2010

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