Carl N. Schmalz Jr.

Carl N. Schmalz Jr., former Bowdoin art professor and art museum director, died on February 22, 2013, in Saco, Maine.

He was born on December 26, 1926, in Ann Arbor, Mich. He earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate of fine arts from Harvard University, and was awarded an honorary degree by Amherst College. He studied watercolor painting with Eliot O’Hara in 1943 and 1944 and began a long teaching career while instructing at the O’Hara School at Goose Rocks Beach in 1946 and 1947. He was an instructor of art at Bowdoin from 1952 to 1956 and an assistant professor from 1956 to 1962. He simultaneously helped to run the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, as curator of the art collections from 1953 to 1959, assistant director of the museum from 1959 to 1961, and associate director from 1961 to 1962. He moved to Amherst College in 1962 and was made full professor in 1969. That year he also inaugurated the popular summer Watercolor Workshops that he ran for twenty years in Kennebunkport. He retired from Amherst College in 1994 but continued to teach watercolor painting at Rock Gardens Inn, Sebasco Estates, as he had since the early 1990s. He also taught at the Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk until his recent hospitalization. He served at various times as vice president of the board of directors of the Portland Museum of Art, member of the executive board of Interfaith Housing Corporation in Amherst, president of the board of trustees of Amherst Day School, art consultant for the O’Hara Picture Trust, chairman of the Pelham board of assessors, expert witness, Pelham Arts Lottery Council member and consultant on undergraduate science education for the National Academy of Sciences. He authored several books on watercolor painting and professional journal articles. He taught classes, jurored many exhibitions, and lectured on watercolor painting throughout the United States, Canada, and Bermuda. He was a charter member of the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society, and his work won national and regional prizes. His watercolors were handled by galleries in Maine, Florida, Bermuda, and Boston, and his paintings hang in numerous public collections and in hundreds of private homes. He is survived by his wife, Dolores T. Schmalz; son Mathew N. Schmalz; daughter Julia I. Schmalz; two grandchildren; and brothers Robert F. and David H. Schmalz. He was predeceased by son Stephen Theodore Schmalz.

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