1927 - 2004


            Robert Knipschild was born in 1927, in Freeport, Illinois. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, and at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he worked under Zoltan Sepeshy. In 1950, at the age of twenty-three, his work was selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s widely acclaimed exhibition “American Painting Today.” Since that time he has received wide recognition, with over seventy-five, one-man shows and several prizes in important competitive exhibitions. Knipschild’s work has been exhibited in the Boston Museum; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum, the Corcoran; De Young Museum, San Francisco; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum and Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

            Knipschild’s work has also been included in important surveys of American Art including the Annuals of the Whitney Museum, the Carnegie Institute, the Walker Art Center, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Butler Museum, and the Kansas City Museum. He has also exhibited in museums in Europe, Japan and Australia.

After a brief illness Robert Knipschild died on November 20, 2004. He was the director of graduate studies in Fine Art for the University of Cincinnati from 1967 until his retirement in 1991. In this position he influenced many of Louisville, Kentucky’s finest artists.




Elected to board of directors of the Cincinnati Commission on the Arts

Cincinnati Post-Corbett Award Finalist

Elected to International Directory of Arts


Elected to international “Who’s Who in Education”

Recipient of the George Rieveschl Award for Creative Works, University of Cincinnati

Elected to “Who’s Who in the World”

Elected a Fellow of the Graduate School University of Cincinnati

Five paintings acquisitioned by the Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.


Elected to National Society of Literature and the Arts


Inclusion in Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute


Dictionary of International Biography

Elected to American Biographical Institute of Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans

Elected to Outstanding Educators of America   

Elected to society of Arts Commission

Elected to Kentucky Arts Commission

Elected to Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in America


American Federation of Art Traveling Exhibition- “50 Artists from 50 States”        


Painting chosen by the Museum of Modern Art to tour European Museums with traveling exhibition “American Painting Today”


1990-1991  Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts Director

1967-1990  Graduate Studies in Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati

Summer 1979 Pro team director, School of Art, University of Cincinnati

1967-71  Chairman, Division of Art, University of Cincinnati

1966-67  Professor, Head, Department of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati

1960-66  University of Iowa, Associate Professor

1956-60  University of Wisconsin, Assistant Professor

1954-56  University of Connecticut, Instructor

1952       American University, Washington, D.C., Visiting Instructor

1951-52  Baltimore Museum of Art, Assistant to Director of Education


In addition to frequent jurying of art exhibitions, Professor Knipschild has been invited as a visiting artist to the following institutions:

            University of Louisville

            Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri

            Idaho State University, Pocatello

            University of Tulsa

            Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio



            Wisconsin Salon of Art

            Container Corp. of America

            Springfield Museum (All New England Show)

            American Federation of Art

            Old Northwest Territory Exhibition, Springfield, Illinois

            Mid America Exhibition, Kansas City Museum

            Walker Biennial, Minneapolis



2010     “Into the Void- Abstract Art, 1948-2008”, Tuscon Museum of Art, Tuscon, Arizona



2012     Robert Knipschild – A Retrospective , B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY


2008     “The Egyptian Series”, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY


2006     “Paintings”, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY


2004     “Robert Knipschild - A Career Retrospective”, Cincinnati Art Galleries, Cincinnati, Ohio    


2002     “Paintings,” B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky

“A Forty-Year Retrospective,” Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio

Suzanna Terrill Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio


2001     Suzanna Terrill Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky

Piedmont Gallery, Augusta, Kentucky

Gump’s Gallery, San Francisco, California


1986     Transition Gallery, Idaho State University

Gallery K. Washington, D.C.

Mather Gallery, Case-Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio

Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio

Yares Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona



1978     Piedmont Gallery, Augusta, Kentucky

Mason Country Museum, Maysville, Kentucky

Virginia Beach Art Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Findlay College, Ohio

Heistand Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Birmingham Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan

Sneed-Hillman Gallery, Rockford, Illinois

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Madison Liberty, Madison, New Jersey

Tangeman Gallery, University of Cincinnati, “Knipschild 1964-74.” Cincinnati, Ohio


1973     Madison College, Harrisburg, Virginia

Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky


1972     Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Benedicta Art Center, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia

Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana


1969     Two Man Show, Peterdi and Knipschild Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

Wisconsin State University, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Moorehead State College, Moorehead, Minnesota

Wisconsin State University, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Alms Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Afternoon Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska

Hope College, Holland, Michigan

Hawkeye, Burlington, Iowa

Edward Cain Galleries, Aspen, Colorado

Sneed’s Gallery, Rockford, Illinois (1964, 1967, 1968, and 1975)

Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa

Lubetkin Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Charles IV Galley, New Hope, Pennsylvania

Alan Gallery, New York, New York

Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C.

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Cranbrook Museum

Little Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan

Perkin’s Studio, Freeport, Illinois

Daniel’s Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin



American Federation of Art

Baltimore Museum of Art

Cincinnati Art Museum

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Cranbrook Art  Museum

Hartford Arts Foundation, Cincinnati

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Hope College, Holland, Michigan

Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

The Library of Congress

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Phillips Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Tucson Museum of Art

University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin State University

Skidmore College, New York

Grinnell College, Iowa

Illinois Wesleyan University

Augustana College

Stephen’s College, Missouri

University of Cincinnati

Murray State University, Kentucky

Madison College, Virginia

Brandeis University, Massachusetts

Milwaukee Journal

University of Minnesota

University of Michigan

Northern Kentucky University

Cedar Rapids Art Association, Iowa

Greenbaum, Doll & McDonald, PLLC, Louisville, Kentucky          

Federated Department Stores Executive Offices, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bell Telephone Co.

Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa

Gem City Savings, Dayton, Ohio

EON/Louisville Gas & Electric, Louisville, Kentucky

Davenport Municipal Gallery, Iowa

Knoll Associates

Upjohn Corporation, Michigan

Chase Manhattan Bank, New York


American Financial Corp.

LeBow Corp., New York

Central Trust, Dayton, Ohio

Scripps Howard Foundation, Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co.

Gem City Savings Corp., Dayton, Ohio

Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio

Lempres and Wulfsberg Corp., Oakland, California





“Quality is to be found in superbly contained yet explosive semi-abstractions by Robert Knipschild.”

                                                                        Emily Genaur, Art Critic

                                                                        New York Tribune


“Liquid and stone, and off in the distance a grey, dull spray, sonorous and mysterious, very romantic and yet with a touch of mystery.”

                                                                        Arthur Darack, Art Critic

                                                                        Cincinnati Enquirer


“…in his canvases he brings an evocation of the most brilliant and joyous colors

in mountains and skies, or perhaps again, the feeling of a brooding mystical nature.”

                                                                        George Shane, Art Critic

                                                                        Des Moines Register and Tribune


“…an extensive and intensive art experience.”

                                                                        Lee Sheridan, Art Critic

                                                                        Springfield Massachusetts Daily News


“(a painter of) impressive stature.”                     

                                                                        Robert Freimark

                                                                        Iowa Business and Industry


“Rembrantesque glazes in golden tones and a pervading restfulness which does

not rule out romantic excursions into a highly personal world.”

                                                                        Leonard Thiessen

                                                                        Sunday World-Herald Magazine



“No doubt about the succulence of their textures and the almost baleful beauty

of the color.”

                                                                        Stuart Preston, Art Critic

                                                                        New York Times


“They  have balance. They evoke feeling. Paintings like his exist independently

of the realities beyond their frames.”

                                                                        Patrick Shene Catling

                                                                        The Baltimore Sun


“One might keep one’s eye on Robert Knipschild.”

                                                                        Thomas B. Hess

                                                                        Art News Magazine