(1922, Makato, KS – 2000, Bradenton, FL)
Robert Overman Hodgell was born in Makato, Kansas in 1922. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees during the early 1940s from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. There, he studied printmaking under Alfred Sessler. In 1946, Hodgell became the assistant to and was greatly influenced by the American Regionalist, John Stuart Curry, assisting him on his last mural, “Youth Helps Build a Better World”. From 1957 to 1959, he worked in the University of Wisconsin – Madison Extension Division. From 1961 to 1978, he taught at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He also taught art at the Ringling School of Art and New College and the University of South Florida, Sarasota.
Hodgell’s works can be seen in many permanent collections including the Library of Congress, Miller Art Museum, Eckert College, and the Ringling Museum of Art.