Kalida in Putnam County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Artist Emerson Burkhart
Described as a Columbus "institution" when he died in 1969, Emerson C. Burkhart was born on a farm in Union Township, Putnam County in 1905. The son of Albert and Nora Burkhart, Emerson graduated from Kalida High School in 1924 and from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1927. After studying art in Provincetown, Massachusetts and in New York City, he settled in Columbus and, in 1937, married Mary Ann Martin, an artists' model who devoted herself to his career. Burkhart was a prolific painter and completed an estimated 3,000 pictures during his 40-year career, including street scenes, rural landscapes, and more than 250 self-portraits, once noting his face was "cheaper than a model's and always there."
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Inspired by the American Scene movement of the first part of the 20th century, Burkhart strove to render the world around him in "painting so real, people feel compelled to touch." He attributed his style, in part, to his roots: "My rural background helped mold my ideas of what I like to paint and how I like to paint them." Abstract styles dominated the American art scene when Burkhart was active, but he dismissed them as "wiggles and curlicues." His work is found in private and public collections around the country, including the
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Village of Kalida, The Putnam County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-69.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 59.102′ N, 84° 11.883′ W. Marker is in Kalida, Ohio, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (Ohio Route 115) and Napoleon Street (Ohio Route 115), on the left when traveling north on Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the east grounds of Kalida High School, about 300 feet north of St. Michael's Catholic Church (the dominant area landmark). Marker is at or near this postal address: 311 Broad Street, Kalida OH 45853, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Putnam County Government Seat / Court Houses (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Samuel Myers, Sr., Grist Mill 1834-1860 (approx. 5.2 miles away); Home-In-The-Wilderness 1821-1870 Fort Jennings (approx. 7.6 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Jennings (approx. 7.7 miles away); Truro Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); Native Americans in Ottawa (approx. 8.1 miles away); The Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 8.1 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. About Emerson Burkhart. (Submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Burkhart Murals at Ohio State. (Submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Emerson Burkhart Images. (Submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
A biography, "Emerson Burkhart: An Ohio Painter's Song of Himself," was written by Michael D. Hall.
— Submitted March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Categories. • 20th Century • Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,266 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.