Robert Sudlow ( 1920 - 2010 ), was born on February 25, 1920 in Holton,
Kansas, where he spent his childhood, and developed his love and
fascination for the prairies and the essence of life that surrounded him.
In 1942, he received a bachelor of fine arts degree from The University of
Kansas, where he studied under Albert Bloch, who became a mentor for
Robert Sudlow. That same year he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, trained as a
pilot, flying sea planes. He earned the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade and
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in the Western Pacific
Theater, World War II. "While learning to fly in the Navy, I managed to paint a
lot of watercolors- swamps, beaches, airfields and romantic fantasies."
After his war service, he spent a year in art academies in Paris. Later, he
attended California College of Arts and Crafts where, in 1956, he received a
Master of Fine Arts degree. He studied under the supervision and teachings
of a prominent California painter, Richard Diebenkorn.
In 1962, Sudlow was appointed associate professor of drawing and
painting. He took a sabbatical in Greece, Belgium, Germany, Spain,
England, and Ireland. In 1971, he was granted full professorship at the
College of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas where, he continued to
teach painting, and retired in 1987.
In 1974, Sudlow was the first artist to be named Kansas Governor's Artist.
He was also named Kansan of the year in 1997 by the Native Sons and
Daughters of Kansas. His paintings are included in countless exhibitions as
well as numerous public and private collections across the nation and
abroad. His works are part of the permanent collections at the
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Brooklyn Museum,
Brooklyn, New York; The Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha, Nebraska; Saint
Louis Art Museum; Mulvane Museum of Topeka, Kansas; Wichita Art
Museum; Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University;
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; Baker
University, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri, and
Robert Sudlow Passed away in his Lawrence home on March 25, 2010. He
was 90 years old.
Prairie Hills Art Gallery
2540 Iowa, Lawrence, Kansas
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