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Gustav Aboltin
Jan Agati Abbarno
Paul Ambille
East Aurora Art Walk
The Living American Art, Inc., 55 5th Ave., New York
Cornelius A. Bartels
Jean Benner
Julius Bien
Thomas Blinks
M. Henry Bonnefoi
Anatol Bouchet
John Brach & Sean Witucki
McLoughlin Brothers, NY
Catherine Brown
Frances Brundage
Samuel John Carter
Detroit Publishing Co. (AKA Detroit Photographic Co.)
Holmes Company, Inc., Chicago, IL [for Guy B. Holmes]
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Luigi Corti
Alice Cranston Fenner (of Artyle Studios)
E. Conyne Daly
Leon Emile Fernand Danchin
Tano de Simone
Walt Disney Company
Grace G. Drayton
F. Dürrnberger
Josef Eidenberger
E. Hedley Fitton
Myles 'Birket' Foster
Rachelle Francis
Giuseppe Gambino
Marie-Francois Firmen Girard
Elaine Grisanti
Charles Wesley Haist
William Harring Von Ammon (AKA William Harring)
Karl Herzog
Mindy Hesslink
Curtis & Cameron, Inc., Boston, MA & NYC
Colegrove Bros., Inc., Publishing-Buffalo, NY
Reproducta, Inc.-Publishers
Willy Jäger (AKA Willy Jager)
Dennis Barraclough & James Vullo (1914-1999)
Lawrence Josset
Sarita Kennedy Arden
Joseph Keppler, Jr. (AKA Uto J. Keppler)
Michael Killelea
Alonzo Kimball
Willy Köchler
Karoline Korössy (Korossy)
L. Kreitz
Western New York Land Conservancy
Maria Laurendi
Sir Thomas Lawrence
Le Roy
Sir Frederick Leighton
Bernard Lignon
Ivan Lindhé
Niagara Lithograph Co.
Gray Lithographic Co., NY
Antonio Lonza
Mario Mariani
V. Mariani
G. Mariani
Louis Mettling
Mill Road Scenic Overlook
Roderic Montagu O'Connor
Geoff Mowery
G. Nasi
Cindi O'Mara
Emanuel Oberhauser (or Emmanuel Oberhauser)
Susan Z. Ott
Hickok & Pate, NY
Henry Greenwood Peabody
Ruth Carolyn Percival
Laura Perillo
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Peter Potter
Taber Prang Art Co.
Sherrill Primo
GG Co. Publishing
Hatcher Publishing Co. (AKA Hatcher-Fagin Pub. Co.)
Aldo Rando
H.W. Ranger
Joanna Ransom
National Remembrance Shop, Washington, DC
Review of Reviews Company, NY
Inge Riches
John A. Ruthven
F. Schenkel
Kath Schifano
Pieter Hendrik Schor
Tavik Frantisek Simon
Buffalo Society of Artists
Norine Spurling
Frederick A. Stokes Company
Artyle Studios (also Cranston-Fenner Studio)
Thomas Sully
Ivor I.J. Symes (AKA Ivor Isaac John Symes)
M.F. Tobin Litho, NY, U.S.A
Raphael Tuck & Son's Publishing
G.J. Unknown
George Frederic Watts
Kathy Weber
Joseph Quinn Whipple, Sr.
James A. McNeill Whistler
Alfred Wierusz-Kowalski
Judy Winklhofer
Milo Winter
John Witcombe
WNY Members of the National Collage Society
Thomas Waterman Wood
Lee Woodward Zeigler
Owen Cullen Yates
William B. "Bill" Rowe
William B. "Bill" Rowe (American, 1910-1955) was a leading figure in the Art Institute of Buffalo through the mid-nineteen forties. He was born in Chicago in 1910, and in 1913 his family moved to Buffalo. At Cornell University he majored in architectural and fine arts. Returning to Buffalo after college, he painted a 5-panel mural titled "Theme of Music" in 1934 at Bennett High School (assisted by Joseph Varga, Jr.). The project was supported by the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), the first federal, non-relief project for artists. The Bennett murals had created a great controversy at that time and were saved from being painted over, and were restored and later reinstalled by Bennett art teacher James Christman. Project directors cited these murals as among the best of the PWAP work. The mural, called “New World Symphony,” was completed in 1935 and depicted the folk inspiration of American music. The work helped Rowe land the commission for a larger PWAP oil on canvas mural in the Nurses’ Residence of the old Buffalo Marine Hospital. When finished, the mural was called “Old Buffalo of the Elegant Eighties and Nifty Nineties” or the “Buffalo and the Gay 90’s.” Rowe went on to become a major figure in the Buffalo art community.

In 1935, he began a cooperative studio where artists could share the costs of materials and exhibitions. His main efforts, however, were at the Art Institute. As a member of the faculty, he taught painting, theory and art history. He became director of the painting department in September 1938, and in September 1942 became president of the board of directors as well as director of the Art Institute, serving until 1945. He was a popular teacher, but also known as a difficult personality. Rowe traveled to Mexico, where he painted for some time. Rowe, a severe asthmatic, later moved to Taos, New Mexico where he continued to paint until he was murdered in 1955.

William Rowe strongly advocated the idea of a democratic art organization. He championed an art institute that would be “a school, a gallery, a meeting place for artists, art students and the public” with no discrimination and no competition, encouraging maximum freedom of self-expression. The Art Institute of Buffalo was founded in 1931, and was dedicated to the “proposition that art is the province of everyone.” Locally, the Art Institute was regarded by participants and observers in the Buffalo area as a nest of Bohemianism. The Art Institute closed in 1956. Today the Art Institute of Buffalo is largely forgotten, except by its many successful alumni.

William Rowe’s works have been sold by various commercial art galleries in New York and the American southwest and at auction in Chicago. They are on public display and in private collections in Arizona, California, Illinois, Oregon, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.

(Source: With permission from, prior biographical submission taken from an exhibit guide titled "An Alternative Course: The Art Institute of Buffalo", 2006 by the Burchfield-Penny Art Center in Buffalo, NY, written by Dr. Albert L. Michaels, the original test was edited & additional information added for this submission by David Price, an independent researcher, Buffalo Preservation Report, “Marine Hospital Campus in Parkside Gets Partial Reprieve,” Preservation Coalition of Erie County: Oct 1995; Newspaper article, Buffalo News Gusto, “New Deal Art: Out of the gloom of the Depression came remarkable strides in the arts.”, by Anthony Bannon, Pgs. 3 & 16, Friday, Nov. 4, 1983.)