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Layton School of Art

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The Layton Art Gallery, original home of the Layton School of Art

The Layton School of Art was a post-secondary school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally affiliated with the Layton Art Gallery, it was established by Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink in September 1920[1] in the basement of the building. It closed as a result of financial insolvency in 1974.[2] At its closure, the school was regarded as one of the top five art schools in the United States[3] and enjoyed a historical reputation for innovative methods in art education.[citation needed]

A new campus was constructed on the east side of Milwaukee in 1951 at 1362 North Prospect Avenue. This building was razed as part of the construction Park East Freeway in 1970 and the school then moved to a new location at 4650 North Port Washington Road.[4]

Regarded as one of the most progressive art schools in the United States, Layton pioneered several movements in art education.[3]

Notable members[edit]




  1. ^ "Plan to Teach Industrial Art". The Milwaukee Journal, September 19, 1920, p. A9.
  2. ^ "Layton School: Its Birth, Its Life and the Twilight". The Milwaukee Journal, March 10, 1974.
  3. ^ a b "Finding Aid, Layton School of Art and Design Records, 1888–1980". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Miss Partridge, Art Leader, Dies". The Milwaukee Journal, February 26, 1975.
  5. ^ MOWA Museum of Wisconsin Art - Biography - John Nicholson Colt
  6. ^ "Paul Faulkner-Was NFA art teacher". The Day (New London, Connecticut), January 6, 1997, p. B4.



  • Levy, HannahHeidi. Famous Wisconsin Artists and Architects. Badger Books Inc., 2004.