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Robert Sudlow (1920-2010)

Robert Sudlow shared his artistic vision of the Kansas landscape through his delicate and honest paintings for over sixty years. Graduating from the University of Kansas in 1942, he enlisted in the US Navy, training as a pilot and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Western Pacific Theater, WWII. He returned to Kansas five years later and joined the faculty at KU as a painting instructor. During his tenure, he studied in Paris and received his MFA at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn. In 1964 he was promoted to full professor at KU, where he remained until his retirement in 1987. Thousands of students were influenced by his generosity of spirit and passion for painting as they experienced first-hand plein air painting in all types of weather. He was the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards throughout his career and in 1974 was the first artist to receive the Kansas Governor's Artist award. His paintings are represented in numerous corporate, private and museum collections across the country. He painted almost daily until his death in 2010.