John Steuart Curry

Year inducted: 2004
1897-1946

In 1934 Time Magazine hailed John Steuart Curry as one of the three leading Regionalist American artists of his time (along with Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton), and through his art he presented the virtues of the Midwest landscape, common people, farms and the fertile land. In 1936, he was selected to be the first artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While there, one of Curry’s primary responsibilities was to serve in what is now known as the Wisconsin Regional Art Program. He holds the distinction of being one of only about a half dozen Wisconsin artists listed in most general American art survey publications.

Works by John Steuart Curry