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Everett Clarke Thorpe
(Providence, UT, 1907 - 1984, Logan, UT)
The faculty of Utah State Agricultural College (USU) produced a large group of effective art teachers through the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and beyond, who were students of either Calvin Fletcher or Harry Reynolds, or both. Expressionist painter "Ev" Thorpe was a singularly effective product of their work and a future colleague as well. Originally from tiny Providence, Utah, Thorpe began his figurative art as a sports artist for both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune. Studying not only at Utah State and eventually the University of Utah, he numbered among his teachers a large and varied array of talents extending finally to the noted abstract-expressionist Hans Hoffman. Thorpe was a student at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, Syracuse University, and the Hans Hoffman School of Art at Provincetown, Massachusetts, through a long career of teaching and extended experimentation. His work ranged from illustration through portraiture; to multiple figurative mural projects, often in a style similar to that of Thomas Hart Benton; and finally to an artistic maturity centered upon a nonobjective "Hofmanesque" set of goals. Beginning at USU in 1934 as a student instructor, this artist's career spanned over forty years there and carried forward the liberalized Fletcher/Reynolds tradition there into a later period.