Robert Knipschild Estate

Robert Knipschild was born in 1927, in Freeport, Illinois. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, and at Cranbrook Academy of Art were he worked under Zoltan Sepeshy. In 1950, at the age of twenty-three, his work was selected for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s widely acclaimed exhibition “American Painting Today.” Since that time he has received wide recognition with over seventy-five one-man shows and several prizes in important competitive exhibitions. Knipschild’s work has been exhibited at the Boston Museum; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum, the Corcoran; De Young Museum, San Francisco; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum and Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Knipschild’s work has been included in important surveys of American Art including the Annuals of the Whitney Museum, the Carnegie Institute, the Walker Art Center, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Butler Museum, and the Kansas City Museum. He has also exhibited in museums in Europe, Japan, and Australia.

After a brief illness Robert Knipschild died on November 20, 2004. He was the director of graduate studies in Fine Art for the University of Cincinnati from 1967 until his retirement in 1991. Listed below is an overview of selected exhibitions and honors.


1949: University of Wisconsin and Cranbrook Academy of Art 


Selected Group Exhibitions

1950: Metropolitan Museum  of Art, “American Painting Today”

1969: Two man show, Peterdi and Knipschild Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana

2010: Into the Void: Abstract Art 1948-2008, Tuscan Museum of Art 


Selected Solo Exhibitions

1950: Perkins studio, Freeport, Illinois

1951: Cranbrook Museum

1952: Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C.

1953: Alan Gallery, New York, NY

1974: Tangeman Gallery, University of Cincinnati,  Cincinnati, OH

1977: Smithsonian Institution, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

1986: Transition Gallery, Idaho State University Gallery K. Washington, D.C.

2002:  "Paintings," B.Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY

2002: "A Forty Year Retrospective," Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH

2008: The Egyptian Series”, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville. KY

2012: “Robert Knipschild, A Retrospective, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville. KY



1969: Elected to Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in America

1974: Inclusion in Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute

1977: Five Paintings acquisitioned by the Smithsonian Institution Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture