Floyd D. Hopper
Forsyth C. Wheeler
- Marion County
- Hamilton County
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Floyd Hopper was born in Martin County, IN in 1909 and graduated from West Baden High School. He received a scholarship to Herron where he received his four year ‘certificate in art’ in 1933.
Following his initial Herron stint, he studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Design and returned to Indianapolis, establishing a studio in the Union Trust Building in 1939 (home of many artists of through the years). He returned to Herron received his B.A. in 1940.
During the 1930s, he was very much a working artist in the Regionalist style. His output ranged — watercolors, oils and lithographs.
When WWII broke out he pivoted from the art world to industry and ran a pattern shop. Following that, he established a casting company in Noblesville, IN where he remained principle until 1958. After he sold the business and focused again on art, his medium was watercolor – typically Indiana landscapes and often featuring buildings and structures. Other work exists from travels to the East Coast, Door County, WI, the Southwest and Europe.
Hopper taught many developing artists at the Indianapolis Art League (now the Indianapolis Art Center) from 1963 through his death and also served on the Art League board. His work received hundreds of awards and he has pieces in institutional collections throughout the State of Indiana and beyond.
The following is excerpted from Flora Lauter’s. “Indiana Artists”. Spencer, IND: Samuel R. Guard & Co, 1941.
Strong in Design and Pattern, distinctly Modernistic, is Floyed D. Hopper (born—Martin County). He studied at the John Herron Art School from 1933-1940, and also briefly at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He initially studied commercial art his first year at Herron, but switched his focus to fine art thereafter.
At Herron, Hopper studied under William Forsyth, Clifton Wheeler, Paul
Hadley, George Harding and other notable Indiana artists. While at Herron, he became intensely interested in painting landscapes, buildings, and street scenes, populated by people at work and daily occupation—no doubt inspired by the depression-era depictions of the time.
Member of the North Shore Artists Guild, Chicago: Southern Society of Print Makers: Indiana Society of Print Makers: Art Association, Indianapolis: Charter Member Prattlers Club, and the Indiana Artists Club,of which he has served as First Vice-President, Secretary, Director.
Among the many awards received by Floyd Hopper were the Edward Rector Memorial Prize, Hoosier Salon: First Prize, National Lithography Show, Oklahoma City: Second Prize, Midwestern Exhibit, Kansas City: Co-Winner of the Mary Milliken Traveling Award from the Herron Art School, 1940.
His paintings are in many private collections and he is represented with Lithographs in the Permanent Collections at Oklahoma City and Fort Wayne Art Museum.
Biography taken from:
Lauter, Flora. Indiana Artists. Spencer, IND: Samuel R. Guard & Co, 1941.