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Cecil Head Student Project
Indiana Potato Planters

by: Franklin Community High School Students


Student Mural and Artist Biography Cecil Head Student Project

Artist Name: Cecil Franklin Head

Birth Date: July I, 1906

Death Date: February 18, 1995

Title of Work: Indiana Potato Planters

Medium: oil on board

Size: 48 x 60 inches

Owner: Johnson County Public Library

Location: Johnson County Public Library

Biographical information: Cecil's professional art career began in the early 1930's in a studio on Market Street in Indianapolis. Mr. Head won the J.I. Holcomb Prize in 1933. In 1934 he represented Indiana in a nationwide exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. He constructed airplane components during World War II, and then settled into a career of commercial art and farming.

Significance to Johnson County: Cecil lived in Whiteland. He donated $1,000 to the Southside Art League, Inc. to establish a fine arts scholarship fund. Cecil said, "I think that's about the best thing to happen in Johnson County for the arts in a long time." He believes support for the arts in Johnson County had slacked off in recent years.

Contemporaries of the artist: Cecil shared a space with fellow John Herron Art Institute graduates such as William F. Kaeser and Floyd D. Hopper on Market Street.

Resources Consulted:
Johnson County Library
Roger Gale

Research completed by:
Jessalyn Cramer
Franklin Community High School Student
Kelli Park, Teacher

Mural painting completed by:
Jessalyn Cramer
Reagan Wildman
Franklin Community High School Students
Kelli Park, Teacher