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Kansas State Federation of Art (1927–1993) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Kansas State Federation of Art (1927–1993)
Variant Name: Kansas Federation of Art

Historical Note:

The Kansas State Federation of Art (KSFA), also called the Kansas Federation of Art, was a statewide organization supporting art that existed briefly as early as 1918, and then existed continuously from 1927 to 1993—with periods of inactivity after 1981. A KSFA flyer stated that it was "a cooperative organization of clubs, art associations and libraries, as well as the art departments of schools and colleges. The Federation makes exhibitions, lectures, and other services available to its members at a minium of cost. Its purpose is to stimulate and promote ever greater interest in art, and in the work of this region."

KSFA leaders included Sue Jean Boys, J. Cranston Heintzelman, John F. Helm Jr., Oscar Larmer, Charles L. Marshall Sr., Birger Sandzén, Paul Weigel, and Zona Wheeler. In 1993, the organization decided to end its existence and donate remaining funds to establish a scholarship at Kansas State University in memory of Helm and Heintzelman.

Sources: The Kansas Industrialist, 20 February 1918; records of organization; flyer from organization; "Cool Things - Prairie Print Makers Prints," kansapedia, December 2014, available online at https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/cool-things-prairie-print-makers-prints/10243 (accessed 11 August 2015).
Note Author: Cliff Hight and Anthony R. Crawford

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