Arthur Thrall (1926-2015), Milwaukee, Wisconsin) was an accomplished painter and printmaker. His works have been shown in more than 500 exhibits in the USA and abroad including England, Finland, Germany, and numerous US embassies. His work is in collections of the Tate Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert museum, and the Strang Print Room of the University College London, the Pori Library (Finland), Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, National Collection of Fine Arts, Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, IBM, Hilton Hotels, New York Times Company, Wilson Library (New York), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Silvermine Guild Arts Center (New Canaan), DeCordova and Dana Museum, Lessing Rosenwald and Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, as well as numerous corporate and private collections.
Winner of many awards, Thrall also held the Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowship in Graphics. He has been a member and represented in annual shows of The Boston Printmakers and the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA), New York for more than 50 years.
Thrall held the Ferrar-Marrs Chair in Fine Arts at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin until his retirement in 1990. He was a visiting artist-teacher at the Artist’s Union in Helsinki, Finland, the Slade School of Art at University College and Morley College both in London, and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Thrall continued to work in his Milwaukee studio until his death.
Books that include Thrall: The Print Renaissance in America: A Revolution by Ron Ruble; A Century of American Printmaking 1880–1980 by James Watrous; American Prints and Printmakers by Una Johnson; The Art of Written Forms by Donald Anderson; The Wisconsin Story by Russell Austin; and Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in America.
“Orchestrated Lines,” a short documentary of Arthur engraving a print, was produced by photographer Mark F. Heffron in 2013.