Henry Bukowski (1912 - 1979)
The St. Paul City Directory listed Bukowski as a student in 1936 and as a hospital lab worker in 1976. Between these dates, he was listed as “artist” and “stockman.” Exhibit catalogs of the 1930s and early 1940s often listed his prints.
As a printmaker, he flourished under the wing of the print workshop of the WPA Federal Art Project (FAP) in Minnesota. Active in the Twin Cities art competitions from 1934 to 1941, his printmaking seems to have started at the same time the Public Works of Art Project was formed in 1934 and it ended with World War II and the dismantling of the WPA. During his career, he also worked as an artist for Brown & Bigelow.
Bukowski received awards for his artwork at the Minnesota State Fair in 1934,1935, 1937, 1938, and 1941, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1937. He exhibited his artwork at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minnesota State Fair.
His work is included in numerous collections including the Minnesota Historical Society (formerly in the collection of Ah-Gwah-Ching, a state-run healthcare facility in Walker, Minnesota).