W. Franklin Boggs (1914 - 2009)

Birth date: 7/25/1914 Death date: 11/7/2009  
Birth location: Warsaw, Indiana Death location: Beloit, Wisconsin  
Media: Illustration , Mural , Painting , Sculpture Web site:
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Franklin Boggs
Born 1914 in Warsaw, Indiana
Died 2009 in Beloit, Wisconsin
A painter, sculptor and muralist, Franklin Boggs is a graduate of the Fort Wayne Art School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. After employment as a graphic artist with the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority), he served as a World War II correspondent artist, in 1944, with the US Army Medical Corps in New Guinea painting realistic images of soldiers in the aftermath of battle.  
In 1945, Boggs came to Wisconsin to join the faculty of Beloit College. As professor, Chairman of the Art Department and also Artist in Residence, he established high standards of excellence for students. He was recognized as one of America’s outstanding young teachers and remained at the college for 35 years before retiring in 1979.
Versatile and productive, he was honored by Life Magazine in 1948 as one of the nineteen best young American painters and in 1963 by the American Institute of Architects for achievement in the design and execution of pre-cast concrete sculpture. Professor Boggs lectured on contemporary art and modern architecture in Europe and curated exhibitions of children’s art and American Indian arts.  His paintings have been exhibited in leading museums in the US and abroad. Using innovative techniques with mixed media, he created imaginative murals that are installed in civic buildings, businesses and educational institutions in eight states and Finland. His work can be found in many permanent collections including the Pentagon and the Museum of Wisconsin Art. After a long influential career, he continued to reside in Beloit, Wisconsin until his death in 2009.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

2005 Franklin Boggs: Local Vision, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College

Selected Group Exhibitions

1989 A Dual Retrospective Exhibition: Franklin Boggs and O.V. Shaffer, Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College.
Army Medicine, Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, WI 
Centennial Exhibition of Wisconsin Art, Milwaukee Art Institute 
1948 Wisconsin As Seen by Wisconsin Artists-Gimbels Centennial Art Collection,  State Fair Park, Milwaukee, WI 
Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, 36th Annual Exhibition of WI Art, Milwaukee Art Institute. 
1957 75th Anniversary Art Awards for Wisconsin Painters, Milwaukee Art Center 
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