Carl Holty

Year inducted: 2010
1900-1973

After Carl Holty’s family moved to Milwaukee from northern Wisconsin, he studied at Marquette University, the Art Institute of Chicago and trained at the Milwaukee State Normal School. In 1961, Holty was artist-in-residence at UW-Milwaukee, and in 1969, he co-authored The Painter’s Mind with Romare Bearden. His paintings and prints are among the first by a Wisconsin artist to come to grips with the tide of abstract art that spread from Europe to America at the beginning of the 20th century. Holty was Milwaukee’s first abstract painter to become internationally known and his influence on the evolution of abstract art in the United States is extensive.

Works by Carl Holty