Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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William Woodward had a dynamic, profound, and lasting impact on Southern art and the New Orleans art community. The articles that follow–written by George Schmidt, Judith Bonner, Richard Gruber, Jessie Poesch, and Ray Bellande, prominent and knowledgeable experts in their respective areas–attest to the many contributions William Woodward made to the arts and to the communities in which he lived....
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William Woodward was born May 1, 1859, in the little town of Seekonk, Massachusetts, and passed a pleasant childhood under the strong inspiration of the wholesome country life of New England. His attendance at the district school was directed by his mother, who had been a successful school teacher, and who continued one of the supports of the local circulating library. Good books were always at hand, and...
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As a child, my family and I would have Sunday dinner at my Aunt Millie’s old, Italianate house near City Park in New Orleans. My Aunt was a Creole, born in New Orleans of pure German extraction. She was also one of the better cooks in New Orleans, a town well known for its cuisine, which explains why my family would always dine at her house. After our large and sumptuous Sunday dinners, the adults would...
“William Woodward, New Orleans and the Art of the South”
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William Woodward moved from New England to New Orleans in 1884 to build an art department at Tulane University after being recruited in Boston by the university’s first president, William Preston Johnson. At the time of his hiring, Woodward was completing studies at the Massachusetts Normal Art School in Boston (founded in 1873), after he had attended the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence (opened...
“William Woodward: Training that Shaped His Career as Teacher, Artist, and Advocate of the Arts”
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William Woodward (1859-1939) was one of several new faculty members recruited after the establishment of Tulane University in New Orleans in 1884. A gift from philanthropist Paul Tulane made it possible for the new university to be created from what had been the University of Louisiana, a men’s institution with faculties in Medicine, Law, and Liberal Arts. The president, William Preston Johnston, took advantage of the opportunity to...
“William Woodward: Muse to the Preservation Movement in the Vieux Carré”
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William Woodward arrived in New Orleans in 1884 as the city was beginning to emerge from the quiescent period immediately following Reconstruction. Essentially a New England farm boy accustomed to open spaces with farmhouses, barns, and outbuildings, Woodward saw the Vieux Carré as a compact multi-cultural community with residences alongside churches, markets, hardware stores, and other mercantile...
“Coasting: The Retirement Years of William and Louise G. Woodward at Biloxi, Mississippi”
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The Mississippi Gulf Coast had seduced William Woodward (1859-1939) and Louise Amelia Giesen (1862-1937), his spouse, as an artistic and holiday destination as early as 1891. They spent the summer of 1891 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Here the Woodwards drew and painted the local scenery. A native son of Seekonk, Massachusetts, William was enraptured by the warmth and tropical beauty of the landscape...
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Organized the dept. of drawing the first year of the Tulane University of Louisiana 1884 including the Tulane High School, about 200 pupils; and the Free Drawing Classes at Lafayette and Dryades Sts 1885- 1894, held four evenings each week for men, two evenings for women and Saturday mornings for public school teachers who attended almost as a body, making about 800 free pupils for a 6 months period for...
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No project of this magnitude can be completed without the support and cooperation of many people. Accordingly, I would like to acknowledge and thank those whose contributions have made this book possible. The authors of the essays that provided the text for the book: George Schmidt, Judith Bonner, Richard Gruber, Jessie Poesch, and Ray Bellande. The art institutions that provided images of their...
Publication Year: 2011