Vernon Carroll Porter

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Vernon Carroll Porter, artist, was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1896.[1] He studied at the Art Students League,[2] Grand Central School Academy, the Mechanics Institute and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and was known for his surreal landscape oil paintings.[1]

As chairman of the Artists Aid Committee, Mr. Porter started the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in 1931,[3] with the objective of helping artists survive the Great Depression. The first exhibit, which lasted nine days, was limited to 10 artists who lived in New York. Most of the group lived below 14th Street with the remainder residing in Brooklyn.[4] The exhibit has since been reorganized into a nonprofit corporation for stimulating, promoting and preserving contemporary American art.[5] The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, in the heart of Greenwich Village, has become a major annual tourist attraction while it continues to provide an exhibit area for upcoming new artists to meet with gallery owners, critics and collectors.

From 1938 to 1947, Vernon Porter was Director of the Riverside Museum.[1]

Vernon was married to Beata Beach, painter, designer, illustrator, and etcher.[6] She was a daughter of sculptor Chester Beach.

Mr. Porter was living in Putnam Valley, New York when he suffered a stroke and died in Peekskill Community Hospital, Peekskill, New York, August 31, 1982.[3] His wife, Beata Porter, died in August 2007.


  1. ^ a b c The Artists' Bluebook - Worldwide Edition
  2. ^ Alumni pages of the Arts Students League "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b The New York Times, obituary pages, Sept. 15, 1982
  4. ^ The Brooklyn Rail - Sept 2009 edition
  5. ^ From the website of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit - extract from the Sept. 2009 edition of The Brooklyn Rail "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ The Artists' Bluebook - Worldwide Edition

External links[edit]

Time Magazine, June 1, 1932, Art: Colonel's Lady (includes report of the first outdoor exhibit in Washington Square),9171,743805-2,00.html

The New Yorker, June 1, 1935, p. 12 - Francis S. Wickware, Harold Ross, The Talk of the Town, "Art In The Open.,"

Homepage of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Inc.