Richard Haas, American (1936 - )

Richard Haas was born in 1936 in Spring Green, Wisconsin. His father had a business in this picturesque valley which was also the home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Richard's earliest influences and exposure to the arts was through the Taliesen Foundation which he visited and worked at as a teenager with his Uncle who was a stonemason for Mr. Wright. Richard moved to Milwaukee and ultimately attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee receiving his B.S. degree in 1958 and his M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1964.

Following his Graduate Studies Mr. Haas taught Art at Michigan State in
Lansing, Michigan and then moved to New York City where he took a teaching
position at Bennington College in Vermont. He taught printmaking there for
nearly ten years and gave up full-time teaching to pursue his mural career in
1979. Since then Richard has completed more than 120 murals, interior and
exterior. He also occasionally takes a guest teaching position and lectures
nationally and internationally. Richard has received numerous prizes and
honors, among them The American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor,
(1977) The Municipal Art Society Award, (1977), fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts (1987) and the Guggenheim Foundation (1983), the Doris C. Freedman Award (1989) and the Honorary Alumnus of the year from his Alma Mater, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

His murals have been commissioned as decoration for numerous public buildings in the United States. These include Chase Field; the Robert C. Byrd Federal Building & Courthouse in Beckley, West Virginia; the main branch of the New York Public Library, the Lakewood Public Library (Ohio), the Sarasota County, Florida Judicial Center and the former Board of Education building in Brooklyn, NY´. One of his most renowned works, "Brooklyn Bridge", couples both his artistic genius with his architectural background.

At 1211 North LaSalle Street on the Chicago’s Near North Side, a 16-story 1929 apartment hotel converted into a 1981 apartment building, was used for trompe-l'œil murals in homage to Chicago School architecture. One of the building's sides features the Chicago Board of Trade Building, intended as a reflection of the actual building two miles (3 km) south.

Haas created a three-sided mural on the Edison Brothers Stores building, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1984. Description: Keim silicate paint, 110,000 square feet (10,000 m2). A three sided mural with eight obelisks at its corners, a painted sculpture of Peace on the west facade, and a painted equestgrian stature of St. Louis on the south facade. The 13 story building is now a Sheraton Hotel and Edison Condominiums.

The only European mural by Richard Haas is in Munich between Rumfordstr and Frauenstr. Is one of his earliest works, realized in 1978 in occasion of his Munich exhibition.

Haas is ranked by the Russian Federation Artists Trade Union amongst the 10.000 best world artists (XVIII–XXI centuries".

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