Frederick Oakes Sylvester

Artist Biography

The self-proclaimed “Painter-Poet of the Mississippi River,” Frederick Sylvester was a versatile artist who captured the spirit of the Southeastern United States in paintings, murals, and poems. Born in Massachusetts, Sylvester trained as an artist at the Massachusetts Normal School and spent most of his life in New Orleans, where he taught at Newcomb College, and St. Louis, where he published a book of poems and illustrations entitled “The Great River.” Sylvester exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the New Orleans Art Association and won medals and prizes from the St. Louis Exposition of 1904, the Portland Exposition of 1905, and the Society of Western Artists’ Exhibition of 1906. His paintings and murals are featured throughout St. Louis, including the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the St. Louis Mercantile Library, and the Noonday Club.

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