Timeline

1882
Born: in Tarrytown, New York
1900
Graduated from the Horace Mann School, New York, NY
Attended William Merritt Chase Summer School of Art, Shinnecock, Long Island, NY
Enrolled in Columbia University and studied architecture, New York, NY
1901–1902
Attended William Merritt Chase Summer School of Art, Shinnecock, Long Island, NY
1903
Left Columbia and attended New York School of Art full-time, New York, NY
Studied with Robert Henri and Kenneth Hayes Miller
Studied with Abbott Thayer, in NH during the summer
Began work with Ewing & Chappell, Architects, in New York (provides intermittent employment as an architectural draftsman for following ten years
Began relationship with George Chappell, forming a team of satirist––Kent under the pseudonym, Hogarth, Jr.––illustrated Life, Puck, Vanity Fair, and other publications throughout the teens and 1920s)
1905
Moved to Monhegan Island, ME, which remains his permanent address until 1910
1910
Taught at Monhegan Summer School of Art, Monhegan Island, ME; Travels to Newfoundland, Canada
1911
Moved to New York with his family and resumed work as an architectural draftsman
Opens summer school of art in Richmond, NH
1914–1915
Moved to Newfoundland
1916
Began submitting drawings to Harper’s Weekly and Vanity Fair under the pseudonym “Hogarth, Jr.”
1918
Gained early membership in the Whitney Studio Club, New York, NY; Travelled to Alaska
1919
Returned to New York, NY. Established Rockwell Kent, Inc. (dissolved in 1922)
1920
Published Wilderness: A Quiet Adventure in Alaska, launching his career as both a respected book illustrator and a writer
1922–1923
Traveled to Tierra del Fuego to paint
1925
Traveled to France to paint
1927–1928
Worked as editor for Creative Arts magazine
1930
Cape Dennis (MA) Cinema mural. Largest painting on canvas to date
Moby-Dick published with Kent illustrations. Renews interest in Melville's work, and becomes a landmark in American illustrated books
1937
Duo Postal Service murals mounted in the Benjamin Franklin Library, Washington, DC (sets off prolonged sociopolitical controversy).
1953
Appeared before Senator Joseph McCarthy and Permanent Investigations Subcommittee
1958
Won "Right to Travel" case in the U.S. Supreme Court
1966
Named to the Academy of the Arts of the U.S.S.R.
1967
Received the Lenin Peace Prize, Russia
1971
Died: Plattsburgh, New York

Exhibitions

2012
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and Owen D. Young Library, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME [Nationally touring exhibition] Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, PA
Rockwell Kent's 'Egypt': Shadow and Light in Vermont, Bennington Museum, Vermont (solo)
2009
Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA
Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
2008–2009
Rockwell Kent: This is My Own, The New York State Museum, New York, NY (solo)
From Impressionism to Modernism - American Paintings from the Farnsworth Art Museum, 1885-1935, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Intrepid and Inventive: Illustrations by Rockwell Kent, Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA (solo)
2007–2008
Political Art of Rockwell Kent, Rockwell Kent Gallery, Plattsburgh, NY (solo)
2005–2007
75th Anniversary of Publication of Moby Dick, Illustrations by Rockwell Kent, Rockwell Kent Gallery, Plattsburgh, NY (solo)
2006
100 Drawings by Rockwell Kent, Burke Gallery, Plattsburgh State University of New York, NY (solo)
2004–2005
Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Rockwell Kent: Still Photos of an Active Man, Rockwell Kent Gallery, Plattsburgh, NY (solo)
2004
Seeing Red: Rockwell Kent and the Farnsworth Art Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
2003
Rockwell Kent, The Art of the Bookplate, Rockwell Kent Gallery, Plattsburgh, NY (solo)
2002
Generations Artistic Influence of an American Master, Rockwell Kent, Burke Gallery, Plattsburgh State University of New York, NY;Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2001
Distant Shores: The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent, The Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK (solo)
1999–2001
Commercialism and Idealism Rockwell Kent, Bringing Art to Advertising, Rockwell Kent Gallery, Plattsburgh, NY (solo)
1999–2000
Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
1998
Monhegan Island Museum. Monhegan Island, ME
1997
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
1995
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
1991
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH [Nationally touring exhibition]
1989
ACA Galleries, New York, NY
1987
Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada [Traveled throughout Canada]
1985–1986
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA [Nationally traveling exhibition]
1982–1983
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada [Traveled in Canada]
1982
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Rockwell Kent Gallery, SUNY-Plattsburgh, NY
1977
Hammer Galleries, New York, NY
1975
Associated American Artists, World Trade Center, Larcada Gallery, all New York, NY
1974
The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY
1971
Weyhe Gallery, New York, NY
1969
Retrospective, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME (solo)
1966
Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, NY
Larcada Gallery,New York, NY
1960
Academy of Art, Moscow, Russia (solo)
Delaware Art Center, Wilmington, DE
1958
Hermitage Museum, Leningrad, Moscow (solo)
1957
Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia (solo)
1956
Gropper Art Galleries, Cambridge, MA
1955
Art of Today Gallery, New York, NY
1950
Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, ME
1946
The Century Association, New York, NY
1942
Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Wildenstein Galleries, New York, NY
A.B. Clossom, Jr., Company, Cincinnati, OH
Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1941
Society of Independent Artists, New York, NY
Harlow, Keppel, and Company, New York, NY
1940
Meinhard-Taylor Galleries, Houston, TX
Weyhe Gallery, New York, NY
1939
Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1938
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1937
Pynson Printers, New York, NY
Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, New York, NY
Rochester Public Library, New York, NY
Gallery of Modern Masters, Washington, DC
1936
Society of Independent Artists, New York, NY
1934
Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, MN
The Print Rooms, Los Angeles, CA
Art Gallery of Toronto (later Ontario), Toronto, Canada
National Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Macbeth Gallery, New York, NY
Old White Art Gallery, White Sulphur Springs, WV
1933
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1932
Pynson Printers, New York, NY
Kennedy and Company, New York, NY
1931
Kennedy and Company, New York, NY
1930
Weyhe Gallery, New York, NY
R.R. Donnelley and Company, Lakeside Press, Chicago, IL
Kennedy and Company, New York, NY
1929
Pynson Printers, New York, NY
1928
Pynson Printers, New York, NY
East West Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1927
Weyhe Gallery, New York, NY
Wildenstein Galleries, New York, NY
1926
Weyhe Gallery, New York, NY
1925
Wildenstein Galleries, New York, NY
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia , PA
1924
Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Arts Club, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Retrospective, Wildenstein Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
Weyhe Gallery, New York, NY
1921
Retrospective Exhibition of American Art, New York, NY
1920
M. Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1919
M. Knoedler and Company, New York, NY
1918
John Wanamaker department store, New York, NY
1917
Daniel Gallery, New York, NY
Society of Independent Artists, New York, NY
1915
Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, CA
1914
National Arts Club, New York, NY
1913
Public Library, Winona, MN
1911
Gallery of the Society of Beaux-Architects, New York, NY
Gallery of Fine Arts and Art Association, Columbus, OH
Union League Club, New York, NY
1910
Exhibition of Independent Artists, New York, NY
1908
Old Harmonie Club, New York, NY
Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Carnegie, Pittsburgh, PA (Kent exhibited at most of the Carnegie annual exhibitions––and other major, national annuals––throughout his life.)
1907
Wm. Clausen Galleries, New York, NY
New York School of Art. New York, NY
Society of American Artists, New York, NY

Literature

2012
Franklin, Jamie and Jake Milgram Wien, Rockwell Kent's 'Egypt': Shadow and Light in Vermont. Bennington, Vermont: Bennington Museum, 2012
Komanecky, Michael. Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan. Farnsworth Art Museum: Rockland, ME, 2012
2005
Wien, Jake Milgram. Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern. Manchester: Hudson Hills Press, 2005
2003
, Don. Rockwell Kent: The Art of the Bookplate. San Francisco, Fair Oaks Press, 2003
1999
Ferris, Scott R. and Caroline Welsh. The View from Asgaard: Rockwell Kent's Adirondack Legacy. Blue Mountain Lake, NY: Adirondack Museum, 1999
1998
Ferris, Scott R. and Ellen Pearce. Rockwell Kent's Forgotten Landscapes. Down East Books, Camden, ME, 1998
1985
West, Richard V. "An Enkindled Eye": The Paintings of Rockwell Kent, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, 1985
1982
Johnson, Fridolf. Rockwell Kent: An Anthology of His Works. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982
1980
Traxel, David. An American Saga: The Life and Times of Rockwell Kent. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1980
1975
Jones, Dan Burne. The Prints of Rockwell Kent: A Catalogue Raisonne. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1975
1974
The Kent Collector (now, The Kent Review). Plattsburgh, NY: SUNY-Plattsburgh, 1974-current
1968
Kent, Rockwell. After Long Years. Au Sable Forks, NY: Asgaard Press, 1968
1940
Kent, Rockwell. This is My Own. New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1940
1933
Kent, Rockwell and Carl Zigrosser. Rockwellkentiana. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1933