John Ward Lockwood was born in Kansas and studied under W.A. Griffith at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. In 1917, after two years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Lockwood served in the 89th Division of the American Expeditionary Force in France. After the war, he revisited France, studying at the Academie Ranson in Paris, but eventually, the academic environment proved to be more of a hindrance than a help for Lockwood. He returned to paint in Kansas a year later free of the constraints of European institutions. In 1926, he and his wife moved to Taos, then a fledgling community, joining the Taos Society of Artists but left after the Depression to join the Federal Arts Project. He began teaching at this time and accepted the Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Texas in Austin in 1938. After bouncing around the teaching circuit from Berkeley back to Kansas, he reenlisted in the Army eventually making the rank of Colonel. Lockwood Spent his later years in California and died in Taos in 1962.
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