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Ortho R. Fairbanks

Ortho R. Fairbanks was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1928. He has become known as yet another Fairbanks sculptor of significant reputation. He lives in Salt Lake City.

Ortho Fairbanks actually earned both a B.F.A.in 1952, and an M.F.A.in 1953 from the University of Utah. He taught art from 1960 until 1968 at the L.D.S. Church College at Hawaii (now Brigham Young University of Hawaii).

His work remains on view in the Utah State Capitol Building, where his art can be seen alongside that of his Uncle Avard, who was also his teacher at the University of Utah.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Ortho R. Fairbanks is a talented son of John B. Fairbanks. Born in Salt Lake City, he has become known as yet another Fairbanks sculptor of significant reputation. His work remains on view in the Utah State Capitol Building, where his art can be seen alongside that of his Uncle Avard, who was also his teacher at the University of Utah. Ortho Fairbanks actually earned both a B.F.A.(1952) and an M.F.A.(1953) at the University of Utah. He taught for quite a number of years(1960-68) at the L.D.S. Church College at Hawaii (now Brigham Young University of Hawaii), has done some carving on very fine works for which Avard Fairbanks is exclusively credited, and lives in Salt Lake City today.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Newspaper Articles

"72nd Utah Spring Salon: Springville Art Exhibition Includes a Dazzling Array of First-rate Utah Creativity." The Deseret News, April 28, 1996.

"An Honest Heart Knows Art." The Deseret News, April 19, 1998.

"Days of '47 Art Show Opens July 16 in S.L." The Deseret News, July 4, 1999.

"The Fairbanks Legacy." The Deseret News, July 22, 2001.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, May 11, 1995.

"Heavenly Art." The Deseret News, August 12, 2000.

"Maeser Now Has Statue In Germany." The Deseret News, July 16, 2001.

"Show Highlights Utah Fine Art." The Deseret News, July 15, 2001.

"Showing At Local Galleries." The Deseret News, May 30, 2004.

Books

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

Fairbanks, Ortho Rollin. "A Marble Portrait in Sculpture." Masters thesis, University of Utah, 1953.

Gerdts, William H. Art Across America. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1990.

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

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

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