American Art Review month and year: Spring 93

author(s): Richard Wootten

title of American Art Review article: "Paint the Town: Charles Burchfield in Salem, Ohio"

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-- assigned to SJ on 6/21/09
-- approved by copyright holder on 8/12/09 via email
-- published in Resource Library: Paint the Town -- Charles Burchfield: The Salem Years; article by Richard Wootten (10/5/09)

From: Dick Wootten <rw..

Date: Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Subject: Re: Permission to publish "Paint the Town: Charles Burchfield in Salem, OH"

I hereby give you  my permission to reprint the 1993 magazine article I wrote about Charles Burchfield.

Richard Wootten

Brief biography of Richard Wootten 

       Richard Wootten, now retired, spent nearly 40 years writing for a wire service, newspapers and magazines on  subjects that included crime, politics, and federal court trials, plus 17 years as an arts and entertainment writer for the Cleveland Press. He has interviewed John Wayne, Judy Garland, composers Darius Milhaud and Leonard Bernstein, pianists Vladimir Horowitz and Robert Casadesus, plus artists Romare Bearden and Salvador Dali, among others. In 1981 he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his Cleveland Press series on the problems of the visual art scene in Cleveland and initiated a county-wide art festival to address those problems. 

       He was Cleveland correspondent for Life Magazine and People Magazine and authored a biography of sculptor David Hostetler, published by the Ohio University Press.

       His essays about Burchfield have appeared in catalogues of exhibitions held at the Columbus Museum of Art and at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

       He received a first place award from the Cleveland Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi for an essay on Chinese art in a competition judged by the Los Angeles Press Club, and also received a Man of the Year award in Salem, Ohio, for helping to create Salem's Burchfield Homestead Museum. He has served as executive director of the museum since 1990.

      A graduate of Ohio State University, where he captained the varsity lacrosse team, he also served as an artillery lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  His grown children, Claude and twins Julia and Elizabeth, and their children reside in the Seattle, Washington area.  His wife Judith is an English professor at the Kent State University Salem campus.

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American Art Review, ISSN 0092-1327, is published on paper and noted for its scholarly content by both senior authors and younger scholars. Tel 913.451.8801. The time period focus of American Art Review is from the Colonial era through 1970. The first issue of Volume 1 of the magazine was published in September, 1973. Publication was suspended with Volume 4 in November, 1978. Publication resumed with Volume V in the Summer of 1992 and continues to the present. In the 19th century there was a journal with a similar title, The American Art Review: A Journal Devoted to The Practice, Theory, History and Archaeology of Art edited by S.R. Koehler.

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