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Clarence Holbrook Carter, an award-winning artist whose work was in 27 important American museums by the time he was 38, has been noted as one of the “most successful artists to ever come out of Cleveland.” [1] Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Carter’s innate talent and enthusiasm for art was quickly recognized while in grade school, and in 1923 he enrolled at the Cleveland School of Art. By his junior year, he had several pieces featured in a group show at the Cleveland Art Museum, during which time he gained the attention of the museum’s director, Dr. William Milliken. This relationship proved to be a constant source of encouragement as Dr. Milliken inspired local collectors to seek out Carter’s work. The following year, five of his paintings were selected for a juried show held at his school and, cheered by Dr. Milliken’s enthusiasm, Ralph Coe, an important collector in the Midwest, bought one of his paintings. This was quickly followed by the sale of the rest of Carter’s work in the exhibition, earning him $800 to help fund his first trip abroad.

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
Clarence Holbrook Carter: American SurrealistVarious Small Fires
2020
The Immaculates: Paintings, Photographs and PrintsMenconi+Schoelkopf
2019
Fine Art for 2020 AuctionsRoGallery
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Circus Scene

Oil on canvas
20 × 25 in
50.8 × 63.5 cm
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Hudson
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Clarence Holbrook Carter, an award-winning artist whose work was in 27 important American museums by the time he was 38, has been noted as one of the “most successful artists to ever come out of Cleveland.” [1] Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Carter’s innate talent and enthusiasm for art was quickly recognized while in grade school, and in 1923 he enrolled at the Cleveland School of Art. By his junior year, he had several pieces featured in a group show at the Cleveland Art Museum, during which time he gained the attention of the museum’s director, Dr. William Milliken. This relationship proved to be a constant source of encouragement as Dr. Milliken inspired local collectors to seek out Carter’s work. The following year, five of his paintings were selected for a juried show held at his school and, cheered by Dr. Milliken’s enthusiasm, Ralph Coe, an important collector in the Midwest, bought one of his paintings. This was quickly followed by the sale of the rest of Carter’s work in the exhibition, earning him $800 to help fund his first trip abroad.

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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