Wayne Taylor

BORN: 1931 in Nampa, Idaho

DIED: July 30, 2001

Born Norman Wayne Taylor, he grew up in Northern California. He developed an interest in art at an early age and participated in the First International Exhibition at the 1939 San Francisco's World Fair. (As he recalls, the piece was a crayon drawing of flamingos.)

After a tour of duty in the U. S. Navy he reentered college at Sacramento State, receiving an A.B. in Art (Painting) in 1957. He then was awarded a Trustee Fellowship for graduate study in ceramics at Mills College where he earned the M.F.A. degree in 1959. He taught at Encino High School outside Sacramento before leaving California for a position at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963.

Norman Wayne Taylor, emeritus professor of Art. Taylor came to Madison to teach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963 after starting his career in California. He taught painting, sculpture, and ceramics during his thirty-two years at UW-Madison and retired as an emeritus professor in 1994 to concentrate on his art. He served as Department of Art chair from 1981 to 1984
with distinction and a high level of professionalism. He aggressively worked toward acceptance of artists' creative work as equivalent to academic research within the university setting.

Taylor grew up loving the outdoors. An avid fisherman, he spent much of his time along riversides, lakes

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