Doel Reed Biography

Doel Reed

American

1894-1985

Biography

Doel Reed was born on May 21, 1894 in Logansport, Fulton County, Indiana, and was raised in Indianapolis and took his first art lessons at the John Herron Art Museum while in grade school.

In 1916 he studied at the Art Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio with L.H. Meaken, James Hopkins and H.H. Wessel. Reed served with the 47th Infantry, 4th Division during World War 1 and was stationed in France between 1919 and 1920. Reed married Elizabeth Jane Sparks, a watercolor artist. He was made a full member of the National Academy of Design in 1952 as a graphic artist.

He taught printmaking at Oklahoma State Univ. between 1924 and 1959 in Stillwater, Oklahoma before moving to join the artists’ community in Taos, New Mexico in 1959, where he had previously spent summers.

Doel Reed was a member of the National Academy of Design; the Allied Artists of America; Audubon Artists; the Chicago Society of Etchers; the Indiana Print Makers; Prairie Print Makers; the California Printmakers Society, to name a few. He exhibited extensively throughout the US and collaborated on  the publication Doel Reed Makes an Aquatint (Mus. New Mexico Press, 1965).Doel Reed died on September 30, 1985, in Taos, New Mexico.