Louis Oscar Griffith

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Louis Oscar Griffith

Louis Oscar Griffith

Louis Oscar Griffith Description

Louis Griffith 

(1875 - 1956)

Louis Oscar Griffith was born on October 10, 1875 in Greencastle, Indiana.  In addition to etching, he was a painter of realistic landscape, portrait and genre, painting with Impressionist-influenced color and broad, relatively loose brushwork.

Griffith moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1893 to attend the St. Louis School of Fine Arts (attendance not confirmed by school records); he studied in Dallas with Frank Reaugh c. 1890; 1895-1896, 1896-1897, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the evenings; in 1908 in Paris and Brittany; as well as the National Academy of Design.

Griffith, over the years, lived at various residences including 1875-1879 Greencastle, Indiana; 1879-1893 Dallas, Texas; 1893-1896 St. Louis; 1896-1922 Chicago; 1922-1956 Nashville, Indiana.

He married Carolyn Maulsby in 1920. Griffith died November 13, 1956 in Franklin, Indiana.

Honors and Awards

1915 Bronze Medal, etching, Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco

1921 Gold Medal, Palette and Chisel Club

1925 Daughters of Indiana Typical Indiana Scene Prize, Hoosier Salon

1926 George Ade Etching Prize, Hoosier Salon

1929 First Prize, Texas Wild Flower Competition, San Antonio Art League at Witte Memorial Museum

1930 John C. Shaffer Outstanding Picture Prize, Hoosier Salon

1935 Edward Rector Memorial Indiana Landscape by Resident Prize, Hoosier Salon

1938 Frederick Nelson Vance Memorial Prize, Brown County Art Association

1939 Delta Sigma Kappa Landscape Prize, Hoosier Salon

1949 First Blue Ribbon, Chicago Society of Etchers

1949 Kappa Kappa Kappa Purchase Prize, Hoosier Salon

1953 Prize, Chicago Society of Etchers

Selected Group Exhibitions

A Century of Progress, Court of States, Indiana 1933

Assoc. of Chicago Painters & Sculptors 1927

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Society of Etchers 1911, 1915, 1925

Art Institute of Chicago, Art Students League 1902-1903

Art Institute of Chicago, Palette and Chisel Club 1916

Canadian National Exposition

Florence International Print Show

Hoosier Salon 1925-1949, 1951, 1954-1957

Indiana Society of Printmakers 1937

Indianapolis Art Club

Library of Congress, National Exhibition of Prints 1943

National Academy of Design 1943

National Gallery of Art 1945

Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, Illinois State Building 1915

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts annual 1921

Racine School of Fine Arts 1908

Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, Philadelphia 1926 (ten prints)

Louis Oscar Griffith's one, two or three-man exhibitions include:

1915 Palette and Chisel Club

1925 Marshall Field & Company Galleries

1929 Hoosier Salon

1930 Chicago Galleries Association

1933 Chicago Woman's Club

1934 Hoosier Gallery, Chicago

1945 Smithsonian Institute, Special Exhibitions in the Division of Graphic Arts


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