Blendon Reed Campbell

Artist Biography

An active artist in the first half of the twentieth century, Blendon Reed Campbell was a fixture in both New York and California and was commissioned to produce prints for the WPA. After studying in Paris, both at the Académie Julian and with the renowned American ex-patriot James Abbott McNeill Whistler, he came to New York and enrolled at the prestigious Art Students League. In 1902, in protest to the conservative attitudes of the San Francisco Art Association, he was a founding member of the California Society of Artists; other art organizations he was actively involved in included the Society of Illustrators, American Art Association of Paris, and Architectural League of New York. Campbell exhibited at the Paris Salon, Society of Independent Artists, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Whitney Museum of American Art. His work is held in several important museum collections, including the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

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