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Peterpaul Ott

The following information is from: Who Was Who In American Art (1985)

Born June 4, 1895 in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. Died June 21, 1992 in Laguna Beach, CA. Studied: Dresden, Germany; Archipenko; Karl Albiker. Emigrated to the USA in 1924 via New York; became a citizen on March 3, 1930; worked as the Supervisor for the Sculpture and Woodcarving Division of the FAP, Chicago, IL 1936-1939; lived in Evanston, IL from 1932 until 1941 at which time he moved to Laguna Beach, CA. Member: Laguna Beach AA; Chicago SA. Exhibited: Small Sculpture Competition, NY, 1930 (prize), 1931 (prize); Chicago A. Group, 1932 (prize); Evanston, IL 1934-36 (prize), 1938 (prize); Art Institute of Chicago, 1934 (prize); Laguna Beach AA, 1943 (prize), 1944; Dresden Academy of Art, Germany, 1919 (prize), 1920 (prize), 1921 (medal); Kunstverein, Chemnitz, Saxony, 1922 (gold); National Small Sculpture Competition, 1930 (prize), 1931 (prize); “90&9″, Chicago; Women’s Club, Evanston, IL 1934 (prize), 1935 (prize), 1936 (prize), 1938 (prize); Art Institute of Chicago, 1934 (medal); Arch. Lg., 1928-30; S. Indianapolis A., 1929; Boston Arch. C., 1929; Ferargil Gallery, 1929; Montclair Art Museum, 1929; NAD, 1929, 1930; Pal. Leg. Honor, 1929; CAA Traveling Exhibit, 1930; PAFA, 1929–33; AIC, 1931-40; Evanston Academy of Fine Arts, 1932 (one-man show), 1933-40; Chicago SA, 1935-37, 1939, 1940; PMA, 1940; Cl, 1940; Laguna Beach AA, 1941-46. Work: Greater NY Savings Bank, Brooklyn; Massillon, OH Museum; Lane Tech High School library, Chicago, IL; USPOs Oak Park, IL; Plano, IL; and Kedzie-Grace PO (Chicago: aluminum relief); Regiment Hall, Pilsen, Czechoslovakia; Academy of Art, Dresden, Germany; Church of the city of Pinow, Silesia; College of the city of Aue, Saxony; College of the city of Schneeberg, Saxony; Pilsen, Czechoslovakia (medal); Schaffen and Koennen der Deutschen Frau, Chemnitz, Germany; Gorham Bronze Company College, NYC; Original Morris Plan Bank, Norfolk, VA; St. George Playhouse, Brooklyn, NY. Owner: Ott Studio, Evanston, IL (1940). Teacher: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. (to see a photo of Ott at work, visit “Ott: The Making of a Book Wood Carvings”

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Information About the Artists, Architects & Eras (Highland Park, IL) http://www.highlandpark.org/historic/art_hist_web/artists/artists.htm

Ott, PeterPaul (1895 – ) PeterPaul Ott was born in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. He studied in Dresden, Germany at the Royal College of Fine and Applied Arts. He served in World War I and followed his service by studying at the Austrian State Academy of Fine Arts. In 1924, he moved to New York where he studied with Alexander Archipenko at Cooper Union. He also worked in a factory carving furniture and received architectural sculpture commissions for the interiors and exteriors of buildings. In 1931, he moved to Chicago where he taught at Northwestern University and the Evanston Academy of Fine Arts. From 1936 to 1939, he was the Chicago WPA supervisor of sculpture. He did the interior and exterior decoration for the Oak Park, Illinois Post Office. In 1940 he moved to Laguna Beach, California where he taught at several high schools including Laguna Beach, South Pasadena, Whittier and San Juan Capistrano. He may have been the artist for the wood sculptures at the Green Bay Road School, now the District 112 Administrative Building.