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Fritz Scholder papers, 1960-1994

Scholder, Fritz W., 1937-2005

Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 0.01 Linear feet, (22 items)

Summary: The papers of painter and sculptor Fritz Scholder measure 0.01 linear feet and consists of 22 items that date from 1960 to 1994. The collection includes twenty letters received by Scholder concerning various topics about his art work and professional career and two exhibition announcements. Correspondents include Rene d'Harnoncourt (MOCA), Raymond Burr, Jon Voight, Paolo Soleri, Georgia O'Keeffe, Alexander Hogue, Jane Alexander (NEA), and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) was a painter and sculptor who was primarily based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Scottsdale, Arizona. Much of his artwork is associated with the Southwest and is perhaps best known for his paintings of Western and Native American themes. Scholder was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and grew up near a reservation where his father was an Indian Affairs official. He identified as French, German, and Native American and was a registered member of the Luiseño tribe. Scholder has degrees in art from Sacramento State University (BA) and the University of Arizona (MFA). At Sacramento State, he studied with painter Wayne Thiebaud. Scholder taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe from 1964 to 1969. In 1996, he received the Visionary Award from the Institute of American Indian Arts, an organization that again honored him in summer 2001.


The papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Fritz Scholder in 2001.

Language Note

English .