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James M. Zornes

James Milford Zornes was born in Camargo, Oklahoma in 1908. He was a painter and a designer. Studying with F. Toles Chamberlin and Millard Sheets from 1935 - 1938, he was also a student at Otis Art Institute in 1938 before training at Pomona College in 1946-50. On the faculty of Otis from 1938-46, Pomona 1946-1950 and the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1948-1949, Zornes was also an official army artist during World War II. In his own words, he is “an abstract realist“ in “transparent watercolor and other media. Zorne's work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the White House in Washington D.C.,the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Academy of Design in New York City and many other collections all over the country. The winner of numerous awards throughout a long career, James Milford Zornes lived in Mt. Carmel, Utah, like Maynard Dixon, until his death.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah

James Milford Zornes was born in Camargo, Oklahomo. He was a painter and designer who studied with F. Toles Chamberlain and Millard Sheets from 1935 to '38. While studying with Chamberlain and Sheets, he was also a student at Otis Art Institute (1938) before further training at Pomona College (1946-50). On the faculties of Otis (1938-46), Pomona (1946-50), and the University of California at Santa Barbara (1948-49), Zornes was also an official army artist during World War II. In his own words, he is "an abstract realist" in "transparent watercolor and other media." Zornes's work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the National Academy of Design in New York City, the White House in Washington D.C., and many other collections all over the country. The winner of numerous awards throughout a long career, James Milford Zornes is today, like Maynard Dixon before him, a resident of Mount Carmel, Utah.

Biography courtesy of The Springville Museum of Art.

Books

Blake, Janet, and Susan M. Anderson. California Holiday. Laguna Beach, CA: Laguna Art Museum, 2002.

Cattell Press. Who's Who in American Art. New York, NY: Jacques Cattell Press, 1986.

Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference. Ventura, CA: Davenport's Art Reference, 2001.

Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson, ed. AskArt The Artists Bluebook. Scottsdale, AZ: AskART.com, 2003.

Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.

Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. San Francisco, CA: Hughes Publishing Company, 2002.

McClelland, Gordon and Milford Zornes. Milford Zornes. Beverly Hills, CA: Hillcrest Press, 1991.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Robert, Perine and Nancy Livesay. The California Romantics. Encinitas, CA: Artra, 1987.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Paintings and Sculpture. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishers, 1991.

Todd Madigan Gallery. Scenes of California Life, 1930-1950. Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, March 9- April 10, 1991. Bakersfield, CA: Dorian Society, California State University, 1991.

Westphal, Ruth, and Janet B Dominik. American Scene Painting. Irvine, CA: Westphal, 1991.

R. R. Bowker Co. Who's Who in American Art. 18th edition, New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Co., 1989.

R. R. Bowker Co. Who's Who in American Art. 17th edition. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Co., 1986.

R. R. Bowker Co. Who's Who in American Art. 16th edition. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Co., 1984.

R. R. Bowker Co. Who's Who in American Art. 15th edition. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Co., 1982.

R. R. Bowker Co. Who's Who in American Art. 14th edition. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Co., 1980.

R. R. Bowker Co. Who's Who in American Art. 13th edition. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Co., 1978.

R. R. Bowker Co. Who's Who in American Art. 12th edition. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Co., 1976.

R. R. Bowker Co. Who's Who in American Art. 11th edition. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Co., 1973.

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