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Wayne Nowack papers, 1881-1996

Nowack, Wayne, 1923-2004

Painter, Author

Collection Information

Size: 4 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and writer Wayne Nowack measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1881-1996. The collection includes biographical material, personal and professional correspondence, printed material, writings, and photographs of art work and slides.
Biographical material includes genealogical items related to Nowack and his family as well as a list of public and private collections in which his work appeared.
Correspondence includes personal correspondence with his family, professional correspondence with Allan Stone, his dealer of 20 years, and general correspondence with others.
Printed material is comprised of exhibition catalogs and clippings of reviews of Nowack exhibitions.
Writings includes diaries, journals, journals, essays, and miscellaneous manuscripts that reflect Nowack's ideas on art, philosophy and the cultural climate of the time. Also found are Nowack's master's thesis from 1948 and various grant applications.
Photographic material includes an album of photographs from Nowack's grandparents, photographs of art work, and 750 slides of work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Wayne Nowack (1923-2004) was a writer and painter in Spencer, New York. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from the State University of Iowa in 1947, which later awarded him his master's degree (1948) and M.F.A (1950). Before teaching art for eight years at Union College in New York, he worked as an art therapist. He also taught at Windham College in Vermont and at Skidmore College in New York for brief periods. Nowack's drawings and box constructions were handled by the Allan Stone Gallery in New York.


The Wayne Nowack papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Wayne Nowack in 1996.