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Henry Olson - Washington DC Artist/Instructor

D.C. art society has lost track of Henry William Olson (1902-83).  There was a day and age when Olson was smack dab in the middle of Washington Art Society.  He belonged to the Society of Washington Artists, Washington Watercolor Club, Washington Art Club, and the American Association of University Professors.  During his tenure he was an active member and served as the President of the Washington Watercolor Club for two different terms, first in the 50s and later in the 70s.

Olson was born in Canton, Ohio, studied at Columbus School of Art, Otterbein College at Westerville, Ohio, Ohio State University and in DC at the Corcoran School of Art.  He served as an instructor at the Wilson Teachers College, which in 1955 was transitioned into the District of Columbia Teachers College.  Some claim he taught scientific illustration. 

The watercolor below:  Chinatown, NYC, was included in the 1943 Society of Washington Artists exhibit at the Corcoran Museum of Art.  The Washington Post review…