Hoosiers in Taos: The Woolsey Brothers

by James E. May




1 The text is from a letter dated March 27, 1928 from Walter Ufer to Carl Woolsey in the collection of Rhonda Woolsey Wolverton. Carl showed Winter in Taos in the 1928 National Academy exhibition in New York. Ufer is referring to American artists Kenneth Adams (1897-1966) and Ernest Blumenschein (1874-1960), both prominent members of the Taos Society.

2 The text is from a letter not dated to a Mrs. Shoemaker at the Lafayette Art Association. The letter is lost but a copy exists in the archives of the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, Indiana.

3 Lucille Morehouse. "Carl Woolsey's One Man Show at Lieber Gallery." Indianapolis Star, October 23, 1938.

4 The quote is from Taos: A Pictorial History, page 67.

5 The location of Carl's work done while he was employed by the WP A is unknown but in Treasures on New Mexico Trails: Discovery of New Deal Art and Architecture, Sunstone Press, 1997, Kathryn A. Flynn cites possible pieces in Carlsbad, Santa Fe and Washington D. C.


About the author

James E. May is the Director for the Center for Art, Design and Public Life at the Herron School of Art, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. At the time of writing the article he was Chief Curator of Cultural History for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.


Resource Library editor's note:

The above article was reprinted, without accompanying illustrations, in Resource Library on April 17, 2006 with the permission of the author. This text was written in conjunction with an exhibition titled Hoosiers in Taos: The Woolsey Brothers held in 1998 at the Indiana State Museum, a division of Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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This article was also previously published in American Art Review, Volume X, Number 5, September - October, 1998

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