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Mainly artists' files and sales records. Files may contain correspondence, exhibition announcements, sales receipts, photographs, price lists, articles. Among the artists represented are Ben Abril, Bennett Bradbury, Sergie Bongart, Rex Brandt, Gerald F. Brommer, Mark Coomer, Virginia Dan, Italo D'Andrea, Paul di Bert, Gilbert E. DiCicco, Phil Dike, Paul Farron, Sir WIlliam Russel Flint, Leon Franks, Frank Hamilton, Paul Blaine Henri, Leonard Kaplan, Roger Kuntz, Ken Knutson, Charles McGrath, Eliot O'Hara, Erika Oller, Polia Pillin, and Burt Proctor, Paul M. Souza, and many others. Also found is a file on Adele Bednarz Galleries, which Richard Challis ran for two years, containing information on artists it represented.
Challis Galleries records, 1946-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Art gallery; Laguna Beach, California, operated by Richard Challis from 1947-1980, showing local and regional artists.
Donated 1994 by Richard Challis. Additions of business records and artists' files are expected.
The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
Art Gallery Records
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001