Ross Eugene Braught

American, 1898 - 1983
Ross Eugene Braught
Born Pennsylvania, 1898
Died Pennsylvania, 1983

In the early 1920s, Ross Braught began studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. While at the Academy, he studied under Daniel Garber. In 1921, he was awarded the prestigious Emlem Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship. Under the scholarship, he traveled to England and to Italy where he spent time in Florence and Venice.

In 1923, the artist married and the couple made their home in Upper Black Eddy, Delaware until 1928. During this time, Braught exhibited regularly at galleries including: the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and Dudensing Galleries, New York.

Braught moved to Woodstock, New York, in 1928 where he became a member of the Woodstock art colony. In 1931, he was in debt and took a job as the head of the painting department at the Kansas City Art Institute. He taught studio classes there from 1931-1936, and traveled during the summer months on sketching trips to the Dakota Badlands, the Grand Canyon, and the Colorado Rockies.

Braught left the Art Institute in 1936, and was replaced by Thomas Hart Benton. Later that year, he accepted a position at Cornell University, where he taught for three years. In 1946, Braught returned to the Kansas City Art Institute where he taught until 1962.

Exhibited: PAFA, 1922-34, 1939; Corcoran Gal, 1923-32; AIC, 1923-24, 1926; Kansas City AI1934, (prize); Midwestern Artists, 1935, 1936, (prize); Mystic AA; Salons of Am.; S.Indp.A; WMAA, 1948; Kansas City, MO, 1951 (first solo)
Works held: PAFA; Beach Mem. Coll., Storrs, Conn.; William Rockhill Nelson Gal. A; WMAA; murals, Music Hall, Kansas City, MO; San Juan, PR

Further Reading: Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America, Vol. I. Peter Hastings Falk, Georgia Kuchen and Veronica Roessler, eds.,Sound View Press, Madison, Connecticut, 1999. 3 Vols.; Cleveland, David. Ross Braught: A Visual Diary. Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc.: New York, 2000.

Biography courtesy of David Cook Galleries, www.antiquesandfineart.com/davidcook
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