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Caleb Winholtz (1875 - 1949)

Caleb Winholtz was born in St. Paul, MN and spent most of his life there.  At the beginning of his career as an artist, he worked with stained glass in Cambridge, MA and Philadelphia, PA and also studied in the Art Students League in New York. 


He was active in the Twin Cities local arts community.  In 1914, he was a founding member of the St. Paul Artist Society; he was also a member of the Minnesota Artists Association and the Club Montparnasse (a St. Paul organization established to stimulate and recognize creative efforts).  His wife, Jane Lehne Winholtz, was also an artist ... and it is interesting to note that she sometimes signed her work "Oliver Mason" because at that time, women artists had a difficult time selling their work.


Caleb Winholtz worked in oils, but the bulk of his work was in watercolor; he also produced lithographs.  Identified as a “modernist from St. Paul” in a Chicago newspaper article, he was a participant in exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago from the mid-1920’s to the mid-1930’s.


In 1927 Winholtz won the Minneapolis Institute of Arts first place award in watercolor for the third straight year.  He exhibited extensively from 1931 to 1949 at venues including the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Hamline University, the Minnesota State Fair and the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D C.  


His work is owned by the American Swedish Institute, the Minnesota Historical Society, University of Minnesota, Art Institute of Chicago and many private collectors.

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