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Jay Hall Connaway
(Liberty, IN, 1893 - 1970, Green Valley, AZ)
Jay Hall Connaway was born in Liberty, Indiana. He studied at the Art Institute of Indianapolis and the Art Students League with William Merritt Chase and Frederick Bridgeman, then set out to travel the United States, finding work wherever he could. He volunteered for active duty during World War I, where he drew maps in France. After the war, he remained in Paris to study at the Julian academy, and then the L'Ecole des Beaux Arts. When he returned to the U.S., he was encouraged by artists like Paul Dougherty, Emil Carlsen, and Frederick Waugh, to continue his painting career. He spent 3 years at Head Harbor Island, painting pictures of the ever-changing ocean. After many successful one-man shows in New York, he was honored as an Academian of the National Academy of Design. He was sponsored by the Macbeth Gallery and returned to France again for a few more years to paint in Brittany and Paris. From 1931 to 1947, he lived in Monhegan Island, Maine, where he organized Connaway's Monhegan School of Art and painted some of his most famous sea paintings. He and his family later moved to Dorset, Vermont, where he ran an art school until 1966. Finally, in 1970, he died in his winter home in Arizona. Some of his many honors include the New Haven Connecticut Paint and Clay Club prize, the Hans Hurich prize, the Allied Artists prize, the Boothbay Harbor prize, the Lucille Dungley Best Martine prize, and others. Over the course of his life, he had an astounding 85 one-man exhibits. With a long-life fascination for coastal life and marine scenery, his works have been compared to that of Winslow Homer.