Frank Earl Klepper (1890-1952)
was born in Plano, Texas and
raised in McKinney, Texas.
studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1914. He worked his
way through his training there by having jobs in the Institute
cafeteria and worked as an usher in a theatre.
Frank Klepper moved to Dallas in 1927 and was the
chairman of the Dallas Woman's Forum where many important exhibits
He was a successful teacher and best known for his
landscapes. He was co-founder
of the Southwestern School of Fine Arts. In 1929 he taught in the Dallas Public Schools and
in 1930 founded the Klepper Sketch Club.
He was commissioned to paint murals by the
Federal Arts Project of the WPA with murals in Prairie View College, Hempstead,
and in McKinney, Texas.
Klepper had memberships in the American Artists
Professional League; American Federation of Arts; Dallas
Woman's Forum; Dallas Art Association; Southern States Art League;
and Texas Fine Arts Association and others.
Frank Klepper exhibited often, including works in the Annual Texas
Artists Exhibition, Fort Worth; Annual Exhibition of Texas
Artists, Galveston Cotton Carnival Annual Exhibition; Dallas Woman's
Forum and Southern States Art League and others.
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