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Edward Arcenio Chavez papers, 1917-1982, bulk 1941-1973

Chavez, Edward Arcenio, 1917-1995

Muralist, Lithographer, Painter, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 0.9 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and sculptor Edward Arcenio Chavez measure 0.9 linear feet and date from 1917 to 1982 with the bulk of the material dating from 1941 to 1973. The collection is comprised of biographical material, personal business records related to the Federal Works Agency and other projects, printed materials, and photographic materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward Arcenio Chavez (1917-1995) was a painter and sculptor in Woodstock, New York. He was born in Ocate, New Mexico, and moved to Colorado with his parents and nine siblings when he was five years old. After being encouraged by his high school art teacher to pursue art after graduation, Chavez became an apprentice to artist Frank Mechau and attended the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. During this time he participated in the New York World's Art of America Exhibition in 1937 and began painting murals for the Works Progress Administration under the Federal Works Agency. After serving as a war art correspondent during World War II, Chavez settled in Woodstock, N.Y. where he established his studio.


The papers were donated by the George Arents Research Library at Syracuse University in 1984.

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Language Note

English .


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.