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Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism

March 17 through June 10, 2012

Nichols, succeeding Iowa artist Grant Wood, was art editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1942 to 1948, and in 1930–1940, served as Carnegie visiting professor to the University of Illinois.  As an early champion of good art in advertising and illustration, he created artwork for direct-mail industrial advertising in the 1930s and 40s. In 1935, his book elaborating his theories of art, A Philosphy of Esthetics, was published, and in 1957, he completed his book Figure Drawing, published by Watson-Guptill.

Nichols’s primary subjects were evocations the farm life he experienced in his early years in Nebraska. He stated, “I feel that an artist paints best what he has been exposed to during his youth. I think my memory paintings of my home state may be my only creations that I sign with full confidence.”


Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism was organized by the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, Nebraska. This exhibition was sponsored in Montgomery by Corinna and Barry Wilson; Winifred and Charles A. Stakely; Dawn and Adam Schloss.



Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts