Discipline: Visual Art

Frederick Becker

Discipline: Visual Art
MacDowell Fellowships: 1923
Frederick Becker (1888-1974) was a painter and visual artist from Vermillion, SD, who lived and worked in several cities, including New York, Oklahoma, Taos, Palm Springs, and Cathedral City. Becker studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, the Art Students League in Los Angeles, the Macky School in San Francisco, the Broadmoor Art Academy, the Desert Art Center in CA, and the New York School of Art, Chase School. Becker’s teachers included Cecilia Beaux, Emil Carlsen, Hugh Breckenridge, and Joseph Pearson. Becker was a member of organizations such as the San Francisco Art Association, the Society of Texas Artists, the Southern States Art League, the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Oklahoma Art League, and the Southern States Art League. Becker taught writing, and gave workshops and lectures until his death.



Frederick Becker worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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