Photograph of Claude Howell in his studio/apartment.
Claude Howell (1915-1997) was one of North Carolina's premier painters. His paintings were mainly concerned with the North Carolina coastal areas, documenting the people and landscapes of the Cape Fear region. He took art lessons from Elizabeth Chant, another well-known Wilmington, NC, artist. He lived in the Carolina Apartments for most of his life, where he was well known for his cocktail parties. In 1953 he was asked to start an art department at what was then Wilmington College (now University of North Carolina Wilmington). He retired as Professor Emeritus from there in 1981. He received numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious North Carolina Award in Fine Arts in 1985. He served on the North Carolina Arts Council visual arts panel for 10 years, and on the acquisitions board for the St. John's Museum of Art. His work has been displayed in many regional and national museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
After he died, his ashes were scattered in the St. John's Museum of Art Sculpture Garden.
Howell, Claude, 1915-1997
Jerry Blow Collection, North Carolina Room, New Hanover County Public Library
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