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Taos, NM  87571
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 Keith Crown (1918-2010)

Born in Keokuk, Iowa, Keith Crown became a leading abstractionist in Southern California following World War II. His primary medium was watercolor, and he was on the board of directors of the California Water Color Society, and in 1959 served as President.

He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1936-1940, receiving his BFA in 1946. During World War II, he was an Infantry Artist and Staff Sergeant as well as a field correspondent for Yank magazine. He was awarded a Bronze Star during the War.

In 1946, Crown joined the faculty at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles as an instructor of art. In 1947, he had his first one-man show at the M.H. deYoung Museum in San Francisco.  He became interested in pre-Columbian art after a trip to Mexico in 1951, acquiring a fine collection.  He was awarded a sabbatical leave in 1956 when he visited Taos, New Mexico, for four months.  A second sabbatical leave occurred in 1964 when he spent time as a Visiting Professor of Painting at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  Throughout his teaching career he traveled as a visiting professor at many collages in the United States and Canada.

Crown spent considerable time painting and writing while working in Taos, New Mexico the first time he visited on a sabbatical in 1956, staying for four months.  In 1975, he built a house in Talpa, near Taos. Although he continued traveling widely, he stayed in Taos part of each year. Retiring in 1983 from USC as a Professor Emeritus of Art, he moved to Columbia, Missouri, where he continued to produce art. A retrospective exhibit of his art was held to celebrate his 90th birthday in 2008 at the Perlow-Stevens Gallery at the University of Missouri.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1936-'40, '45-'46 BFA.
Professor of drawing and painting, University of Southern California, 1946-1983.

1977 Jacqueline Anhalt Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
1976 College of the Redwoods, Eureka, Ca.
1973 Rosary Hill College, Buffalo, N.Y
1971 Erie College, Painesville, Ohio
1971 University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, II.
1970 Brand Museum, Glendale, Ca.
1970 Humbolt State College, Arcata, Ca.
1966 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, Ca.
1953 Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, Ca.
1948 M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, Ca.
1945 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, II.

1976-77 Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
1976 California State University, Fullerton
1976 Springfield Museum, Mo.
1975 El Camino College, Ca.
1974 Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College, Ca.
1970 Rio Hondo College, Ca.
1969 Doane College, Nb.
1968 University of Texas, Austin
1966 Long Beach Museum, Ca.
1965 Witte Museum of Art, San Antonio, Tx.

Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina,  Chapel Hill
Cerritos College, Ca.
MIM Gene Crain Collection, Newport Beach Long Beach Museum of Art, Ca.
Rio Hondo College, Ca.
Springfield Museum, Mo.
University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, N.M.
University of Texas Museum, Austin
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Whittier College, Ca.
Wylain, Inc.

1975 National Watercolor Society - Purchase Award.
1974 Watercolor U.SA, Springfield Museum - $750. (Top Award) Purchase Award
197 4 California National Watercolor Society - Watercolor West Award
1973 California National Watercolor Society - Missouri Cash Award
1972 California National Watercolor Society - Watercolor West Transparent Award
1971 Home Savings and Loan Purchase Award for Watercolor.

Master Class in Watercolor by Edward Betts. Watson-Guptill, 1975.
Transparent Watercolor: Ideas and Techniques by Gerald Brommer.
Davis Publications, Inc., 1973.
The Content of Watercolor by Edward Reep. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969.

Selected works currently in our inventory :

Images are not to scale.

"Arroyo Miranda with the Sangre de Cristos"
  watercolor on paper
30" H x 22" W

"The Valley Near Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico"
  watercolor on paper
22" H x 30" W

"Untitled (catalog No 1026)"
  watercolor on paper
22" H x 17 1/2" W

"The Little Intersections of Arroyo Miranda - Near Taos"
  watercolor on paper
28" H x 21" W

"A Flight of Wild Adobes on a Mountain Perch, Taos"
  watercolor on paper
22" H x 30" W

"The Canyon of Raton Pass"
  watercolor on paper
30" H x 22" W

"The Southwest Ridge, Ranchos de Taos Valley"
watercolor on paper
22" H x 30" W

"The View of Taos Mountain from Talpa, New Mexico"
  watercolor on paper
30" H x 22" W

"Taos - Near the Golf Course"
  watercolor on paper
30" H x 22" W

watercolor on paper
22" H x 30" W