"The Klauer Family of Dubuque, Iowa: A Story of Patronage" by Dean A. Porter, PhD
The Klauer family's patronage began in the 1870s, when Peter Klauer, an immigrant from Germany, opened a hardware store in Dubuque, Iowa. The Klauer Family of Dubique, Iowa chronicles the fascinating story of patronage by one family in the last 150 years. The members of the Klauer family have affected the lives of thousands-in Dubuque, Iowa; Taos, New Mexico; Grand Island, Michigan; University of Notre Dame, Indiana; and even New York City.The bulk of the story relates to William J. Klauer and his many years supporting the artists of New Mexico, especially Walter Ufer, and his participation in various art ventures and organizations.
The overall story told in this publication highlights a time in American history that reflects the importance of patrons to artists, the effects of world wars and the Great Depression on cultural institutions and artists, and the lure of the Southwest to collectors. Due to William J. Klauer's patronage, a number of art museums now own a major work by Walter Ufer and other American artists. The reader will find that the ripple effect of this one patron extends far beyond one artist or one association. The family continues its patronage today with the funding of the restoration of the Mather-Klauer Lodge on Grand Island, which serves Illinois State University. In New Mexico, the family has donated land to the Klauer Taos Campus, Taos Overlook, and Taos Armory. Overall the story delights in telling the history of one family's munificence for 150 years.
Published 2019 by Fowler Artistic LLC; 160 pages; Hardcover.
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