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Mr. Clayton Henri Staples

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Director of Art

Illinois State Normal University
 
Background

Employment History

  • Director of Art
    Wichita State University
  • Position, Camouflage Division
    the United States Navy
  • Member, Camouflage Division
    the United States Navy
  • Director of Art
    University of Wichita

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Cuchara School of Art
15 Total References
Web References
Koshare Indian Museum :: Featured Artists
kosharehistory.org, 29 Aug 2008 [cached]
Clayton Henri Staples
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Clayton Henri Staples was born is Osceola, Wisconsin, in 1892. Mr. Staples served in the Camouflage Division of the United States Navy as a station artist during World War I. Later he undertook formal schooling at the Chicago Art Institute, graduating with honors. He taught at the institution before accepting the position as director of art at Illinois State Normal University, a post he held for the next four years. Then in 1930, after extensive travel abroad, he came to Wichita, Kansas and was appointed director of art at Wichita State University.
In the life of any institution there are individuals who play a major role in its development. Clayton Staples was such a person for Wichita State University. Arriving at a time when material resources were meager and enrollments small, he set about building a tradition in the visual arts that has subsequently brought national attention to the Wichita community. Described by associates and friends as a gifted artist, an inspiring teacher, an able administrator and a superb natural leader, Clayton Staples brought distinction and excellence into the lives of many. After twenty years at Wichita State University, Staples retired and moved to Cuchara, Colorado where he established the Cuchara School of Art on the Cucharas River in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. His favorite subjects were landscapes of the scenic area. Eleven years later, he and wife, Esther, moved to Colorado Springs where he remained until his death in 1978.
Clayton Staples was known throughout the United States as a painter of landscape, seascape and still life in the naturalist tradition. He painted spectacular seascapes and harbor scenes from his summers spent in Gloucester, Massachusetts. As a representational artist, he selected vistas of landscape in the West in representing beauty of color, light, form and order.
His wife, Esther, said he did his best mountain winter scenes at the seashore and his best boating scenes while snowbound on the Cucharas. In the course of his career he devoted long hours to travel, sketching and finishing his work with sound craftsmanship.
Lamar Daily News - Community
www.lamardaily.com, 15 June 2005 [cached]
Collection of Clayton Staples currently on display at Koshare Indian Museum
The Koshare Indian Museum has opened an exhibit of its collection of paintings by Clayton Henri Staples.The exhibit includes oil and watercolor paintings of Cuchara, CO, area, as well as still life paintings.
Born in Osceola, WI in 1892, Mr. Staples served in the Camoflauge Division of the United States Navy as a station artist during World War I. Later he undertook formal schooling at the Chicago Art Institute, graduating with honors.He taught at the institution before accepting the position as director of art at Illinois State Normal University, a post he held for the next four years.Then in 1930, after extensive travel abroad, he came to Wichita, KS and was appointed director of art at the University of Wichita.
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Staples was such a person for Wichita State University.Arriving at a time when material resources were meager and enrollments small, he set about building a tradition in the visual arts that has subsequently brought national attention to the Wichita community.Described by associates and friends as a gifted artist, an inspiring teacher, an able administrator and a superb natural leader, Staples brought distinction and excellence into the lives of many.
After 20 years at Wichita State University, Staples retired and movedto Cuchara, CO where he established the Cuchara School of Art, on the Cucharas River in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado.His favorite subjects were landscapes of the scenic area.Eleven years later, he and wife, Esther, moved to Colorado Springs where he remained until his death in 1978.
Staples was known throughout the United States as a painter of landscape, seascape and still life in the naturalist tradition.He painted spectacular seascapes and harbor scenes from his summers spent in Gloucester, MA. As a representional artist, he selected vistas of landscape in the West in representing beauty of color, light, form and order.His wife, Esther, said he did his best mountain winter scenes at the seashore and his best boating scenes while snowbound in the Cucharas.In the course of his career he devoted long hours to travel, sketching and finishing his work with sound craftsmanship.
The first Sunday of each month is free admission.On Sunday, July 3 from 12:30 to 4 p.m., the Koshare Indian Museum will host a student of Mr. Staples, Herb Booth, a wildlife and sporting watercolorist from Rockport, TX, as the featured artist in the Tenth Annual Kiva Presentsartist series.
Koshare.org
www.koshare.org, 10 Sept 2004 [cached]
Born is Osceola, Wisconsin, in 1892, Mr. Staples served in the Camouflage Division of the United States Navy as a station artist during World War I. Later he undertook formal schooling at the Chicago Art Institute, graduating with honors.He taught at the institution before accepting the position as director of art at Illinois State Normal University, a post he held for the next four years.Then in 1930, after extensive travel abroad, he came to Wichita, Kansas and was appointed director of art the University of Wichita.
In the life of any institution there are individuals who play a major role in its development.Clayton Staples was such a person for Wichita State University.Arriving at a time when material resources were meager and enrollments small, he set about building a tradition in the visual arts that has subsequently brought national attention the Wichita community.Described by associates and friends as a gifted artist, an inspiring teacher, an able administrator and a superb natural leader, Clayton Staples brought distinction and excellence into the live of many.
After twenty years at Wichita State University, Staples retired and moved to Cuchara, Colorado where he established the Cuchara School of Art, on the Cucharas River in the Sanger de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado.His favorite subjects were landscapes of the scenic area.Eleven years later, he and wife, Esther, moved to Colorado Springs where he remained until his death in 1978.
Clayton Staples was known throughout the United States as a painter of landscape, seascape and still life in the naturalist tradition.He painted spectacular seascapes and harbor scenes from his summers spent in Gloucester, Massachusetts As a representational artist, he selected vistas of landscape in the West in representing beauty of color, light, form and order.His wife, Esther, said he did his best mountain winter scenes at the seashore and his beast boating scenes while snowbound on the Cucharas.In the course of his career he devoted long hours to travel, sketching and finishing his work with sound craftsmanship.
Latest News
cucharavalley.com, 6 Feb 2010 [cached]
Snow and Clayton Staples
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Clayton was one of the earlier artists in Cuchara Valley, founding the Cuchara School of the Arts in Cuchara. It was open for many summers and taught numerous students, many of whom still call Cuchara their 'heart home.' This is so exciting as the collective memory of Clayton in the area is nearly gone. This is a huge opportunity to celebrate his accomplishments and his talent.
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Staples was also a mentor in art for youth at the Koshare Indian Center in La Junta.
Snow and Clayton ...
cucharavalley.com, 29 Jan 2010 [cached]
Snow and Clayton Staples Latest News
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Snow and Clayton Staples
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Clayton was one of the earlier artists in Cuchara Valley, founding the Cuchara School of the Arts in Cuchara. It was open for many summers and taught numerous students, many of whom still call Cuchara their 'heart home.' This is so exciting as the collective memory of Clayton in the area is nearly gone. This is a huge opportunity to celebrate his accomplishments and his talent.
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Staples was also a mentor in art for youth at the Koshare Indian Center in La Junta.
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