HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Karl Ferdinand Wolfe

Karl Ferdinand Wolfe at the Dixie Art Colony.

On January 25, 1904, DAC artist Karl Ferdinand Wolfe was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi. He was the oldest son of Wiley Wilson Wolfe and Elizabeth Heuck.

He attended Soule Business College in New Orleans and later attended the Art Institute of Chicago, where he graduated in 1928. In his last year of study, he won the William R. French Traveling Scholarship and spent the next year traveling and studying in Europe.

Karl Wolfe and Mildred Nungester were fellow colonists, friends and colleagues for many years before they married in 1944. Karl was drafted 1942. After the war, Karl and Mildred returned from Colorado Springs to Jackson, Mississippi, where Karl had previously established a clientele. He soon became an accomplished and widely respected portrait painter, painting several official portraits of Mississippi governors for the state capitol. Karl also taught for ten years at Millsaps College. He was very active in helping to establish the Municipal Gallery and the Mississippi Art Association, which later became the Mississippi Museum of Art. By his own estimation, Karl painted over 800 portraits that are now in public and private collections. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 80.

During the year 2018, we began recognizing individual Dixie Art Colony artists on their birthdays. Unfortunately, we do not have this information for all of the artists that participated. As we acquire new information, we will add more Dixie Art Colony artists to this list. Dixie Art Colony Foundation, Wetumpka, Alabama

Below are a few examples of Karl Ferdinand Wolfe's work.



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    Sarah Wolfe says:

    What a treat to see my some of my grandfather’s work here that is new to my eyes and for his birthday to be recognized! Thanks so much for creating this website and all the hard work you have done in preserving the memory of the Dixie Art Colony and the artists who created it and kept it going.

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