American, 1916 - 1989
Signed and dated Russell Woeltz ‘37 lower left;
Signed on reverse
“The 42nd Annual Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity”, The Art Institute of Chicago, March 17-April 17, 1938,Chicago, IL, #217, Illus. p. 21 (Awarded the Clyde M. Carr Prize of One Hundred Dollars).
Russell Woeltz was born in San Antonio, TX in 1916. Originally, Woeltz set out to be a musician and was a violinist in the San Antonio Orchestra. Woeltz was the brother of Texas muralist Julius Woeltz. Both brothers studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Russell exhibited there from 1937-1943, winning numerous prizes. He was the first art instructor at Chanute Field in Champagne, IL during WWII. Woeltz had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1945 and at the Witte Museum of Art in San Antonio, TX in 1946. He also exhibited the the Art Student’s League in New York. In the late 1940s, he moved to New York City, where he became an art teacher at the Calhoun School, a private school in Manhattan. Woeltz exhibited at the Bonestell Gallery in New York. His work can be found in the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX. In 1989, Woeltz died at the age of 73 in Riverdale, Bronx, NY.