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Alson Skinner Clark was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 25, 1876. At age 14, Clark enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, continued in New York City under William Merrit Chase and the Art Student League, and then on to Paris. In 1899, he studied at Academie Julian, the Whistler School, and with Simon, Cottet, Merson, and Mucha. Returning to the U.S. in 1901, Clark established a studio in Watertown, New York and then returned to Chicago where in 1903 a successful exhibition allowed for several years of European and Canadian travels. He served as an aerial photographer in WWI, and in 1919 settled in Southern California where in 1922 he and Guy Rose formed the teaching faculty of Pasadena’s Stickney Art School.  Clark was an instructor of landscape classes at Occidental College in Eagle Rock in the late 1930s.  He died of a heart attack on March 22, 1949.  Architecture is included in many of his landscapes.  Clark is one of the most renowned Impressionists of Southern California.  

Member:  American Art Association of Paris; Chicago Society of Artist; Pasadena Society of Artists; Salmagundi Club; Society of Western Artist; Calif. Art Club; Calififornia Print Makers; Los Angeles Art Association.
Exhibited:  St. Louis Expo, 1904; Art Institute of Chicago, 1906; PPIE, 1915; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1922, 1924, 1929 (with Benjamin C. Brown);
Southwest Museum, 1923; San Diego Fine Arts Gallery, 1923;   Pasadena Art Institute, 1931, 1933; Golden Gate Internatinoal Exposition, 1939.  

Works held:  Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles  County Museum of Art; Muskegon Art Gallery, Missouri; San Diego Museum of Art; Watertown (NY) Public Library; Gardena High School; Pasadena Community Theatre; First National Bank; Pasadena (mural); CSL; Univ. Club Pasadena; Women’s Athletic Club, LA; Cathay Circle Theatre, LA (murals).