Frank Utpatel

The Gallery seeks early prints by Frank Utpatel. Contact:

BORN: 1905, in Waukegan, IL

DIED: 1980, in Mazomanie, WI

Born in 1905, Frank Albert Bernhardt Utpatel was active and/or lived in Wisconsin and Illinois.  

Frank studied at the Milwaukee Art Institute and Art Institute of Chicago.

Active in various New Deal and WPA programs, he is most known for his engravings and block prints. He was a well-known artist in the state when selected to be a part of the works programs. All artists involved in Wisconsin's Federal Art Project were asked to create works of art to be displayed in public buildings such as banks, post offices, schools and hospitals. The art that came out of Wisconsin's Federal Art Project is valuable because it gives us a window into the lives of people in Wisconsin during the years of the Depression.

His work with the Federal Art Project helped launch his national career and led to exhibitions in New York and Chicago. He also did paintings, and illustrations for various magazines and books later in his career. Frank's woodcut illustrations would later be used for many novels' cover art, especially Arkham House's H.P. Lovecraft books.

Utpatel entered the field

Frank Utpatel