Woody Crumbo: Winter on the Reservation
Woody Crumbo: Winter on the Reservation, circa 1930, etching. 6 x 7.5.
Born near Lexington, OK, Jan. 21, 1912; d. Cimarron, NM, Apr. 4, 1989. Painter. Printmaker. Craftsman. Teacher. Pottawatomie Indian. Lived in Kansas as a child in 1916 then returned to Kansas from Oklahoma at age 19 when he attended the American Indian Institute in Wichita and then Wichita University From 1933-36, he studied mural painting with Olaf Nordmark; watercolor with Clayton Henri Staples; painting with Oscar Brousse Jacobson. In 1936, Crumbo enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and began teaching the first classes in jewelry making offered at the school, specializing in silversmithing. Director of art at Bacone College, Muskogee, OK 1938-41 and 43-45. Worked in Wichita for Cessna Aircraft, 1941-2. Artist in residence at the Gilcrease Institute, Tulsa, 1945-48. Moved to Taos, NM in 1948 to work as a freelance artist. Became Assistant director of El Paso Museum of Art in 1960 and Director from 1968-74. A Pottawatomie, Crumbo is known for his depictions of Native American subjects.