b. 1909 in Fort Williams, Ontario, Canada
d. 1994 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Harold Haydon was an artist, teacher, researcher and critic. He
earned a PhD from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, in 1930 and an MA in philosophy in 1931. While continuing his postgraduate studies in aesthetics, Haydon simultaneously took art courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, between 1932 and 1933.
Haydon taught arts and crafts at George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois, between 1933 and 1944, and at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, between 1944 and 1975, becoming Professor Emeritus of Art in 1975. Haydon would later teach at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Indiana University in Gary, Indiana. Between 1963 and 1985, Haydon served as an art critic for the Chicago Sun Times. Throughout his life, he published numerous books and essays on art education and art.
In 1975, Italian sculptor Virginio Ferrari said of Haydon that he is, “one of the most important figures in the Chicago art world.” That same year, Haydon was awarded the Lifetime Membership Award from the Artists’ Guild of Chicago.
Oil on canvas
23” x 36”
Gift of the artist