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Stewart Klonis papers, circa 1886-1983

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Klonis, Stewart, 1901-1989  Search this
Klonis, Bernard  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
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Physical Description:
3.1 Linear feet
This collection consists of seven series. Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1934-1977 (.1 Linear feet: Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1930-1982 (1 Linear foot: Boxes 1-2) Series 3: Writings, circa 1897-1977 (.2 Linear feet: Box 2) Series 4: Personal Business Records, circa 1933-1982 (.6 Linear feet: Box 2) Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1886-1980 (.7 Linear feet: Boxes 2-3, OV 5) Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1920-1980 (.2 Linear feet: Box 4, OV 6 and 7) Series 7: Artwork, circa 1956-1983 (.1 Linear feet: Box 4)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The Stewart Klonis papers measure 3.1 linear feet and date from circa 1886-1983. They illustrate his career through biographical material, correspondence, writings, personal business records, printed and photographic material, and artwork.
Stewart Klonis papers, circa 1886-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
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Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds two oral history interviews conducted 1970 February 3, by Paul Cummings and by Bruce Hooton in 1965.
Biography Note:
Stewart Klonis (1901-1989) was a painter and educator who worked primarily in New York.
Stewart Klonis was born on December 24 in Naugatuck, Connecticut and moved to New York City in 1921. He worked for the Guggenheim Brothers Brokerage House and began studying painting at the Art Students League in 1927. In 1934, he joined its twelve-member board. Since he was the only board member with a background in finance, Klonis became the treasurer and managed to balance the books before the league went under. In 1932, Klonis helped found the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition. As a student of the league himself, he was often part of the shows.
In 1937, Klonis was elected president of the league before becoming executive director in 1946. During his time spent at the league he succeeded in widening the range of teaching to include abstract art in order to supplement the school's emphasis on figurative painting. In 1980, Klonis retired from his position as executive director.
Stewart Klonis died at the age of 86 in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn in 1989.
Language Note:
English .
The Stewart Klonis papers were donated in 1983 by Stewart Klonis.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
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Archives of American Art