Friday, November 03, 2006

Frederick Polley, American Artist (1875-1957)

Frederick M. Polley. Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator, Writer and Teacher. Indianapolis, IN. Born 15 August 1875 in Union City, IN; died 9 Sept 1957, Brown County, IN.

Studied Indiana University, Corcoran Art School, Washington, DC.

Teachers included James R. Hopkins and William Forsyth.

Exhibited: Society of Etchers, Brooklyn, NY, Philadelphia Society of Etchers, Library of Congress 1944 and 1945, Carnegie Institute 1945, Delgado Museum. Prizes include Hoosier Salon 1942 and 1943, Indiana Art Club 1939, 43, 45, New Orleans Art League 1943, Herron Art Institute 1934.

His work is contained in the collections of the National Museum, Washington, DC, Herron Art Institute, Iowa State University, University of Pittsburgh. He was author/illustrator of "Our America, Historic Churches in America" and illustrator for "Indianapolis Old and New".

Polley was illustrator for the "Indianapolis Star" (Sunday edition) 1924-47. Also illustrator for "Ladies Home Journal" and "Esquire". Taught at Herron Art School, Indiana University and Arsenal Technical High School, 1917-1941. He headed the graphic arts department of Arsenal Technical High School for many years.

When possible, my family collects the works of Frederick Polley.

If you see any, please let me know!


Anonymous said...

I have a 1931 Purdue University Yearbook "The Debris" with Frederick Polley art. Are you familer with this book?

Barry Pike said...

No, I did not know that. Thanks for letting me know. I will try to find a copy of that yearbook.

rich said...

I am putting together a retorospective art show in the Harrison Center, Indpls., for Jan. 2012, the 100th year anniversary of Arsenal Tech HS. To include past student and teachers work, many famous. Have several Polley etchings and misc. Would be greatly appreciated if you and/or your relatives could also put a few works on loan for the month? And background information. Please let me know, and will give you details and official contacts. Rich. My email:

Anonymous said...

We have a Frederick Polley original pencil drawing on ebay right now. The item number is 331030873968.
You might be interested!
Do you have an email address?

Unknown said...

I have an original charcoal drawing, titled "Estes Park, Colo" under his signature. Paper Size is 15x19 inches, Image 14x17 inches approximately.
Stored dry and flat in original glassine for years. Great condition no foxing or water damage. If you are interested in photos please contact me.