Thomas Browne Cornell Biography

Thomas Browne Cornell




Thomas Browne Cornell was born on March 1, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Norman Cornell and Betty Browne. He received his B.A. in Art from Amherst College and studied at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture. Cornell was a Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, for two years before before joining the faculty at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 1962, establishing the visual arts program at the college. In June of 2012, Cornell retired from teaching after 50 years as a professor at Bowdoin. He was appointed the Richard E. Steele Professor of Visual Arts in 2001.

Cornell began his career with drawings and etchings, which were widely distributed and were included in many fine art publications. Since the mid-1970s, Cornell dedicated himself primarily to oil painting. In his work, Cornell depicted loving communities of people interacting with nature. Against artistic trends, Cornell was committed to moral content, focusing on issues of social, economic, and environmental justice. His work spans printmaking, marble and bronze sculpture, portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.

Cornell's work received considerable critical acclaim over the years, including a full-page review in the New York Times, which led the paper's weekend Arts section. Among his numerous honors were a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and election to the National Academy of Design. Cornell's work is included in the collections of museums across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art, art museums at Harvard and Princeton Universities, the National Museum of American Art, and the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Thomas Browne Cornell died in Brunswick, Maine on Decembet 7, 2012