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Reynold H. Weidenaar Collection, 1935-1981 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen, 2007

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Collection Overview

Title: Reynold H. Weidenaar Collection, 1935-1981

ID: COLL/482

Primary Creator: Weidenaar, Reynold H. (1915-1985)

Extent: 2.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2006


Artist. The collection documents the first thirty years of the business component of Weidenaar's artistic career. Contained are some of his early awards and honors, early work, early commissions and illustrations, and extensive correspondence on such topics as copyrights, commissions, fees, and expenses. Also contained are details on exhibitions in which he participated, 1940-1963.

Biographical Note

Reynold Henry Weidenaar was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while his father was attending what is now Calvin Theological Seminary. He attended public and Christian schools, as well as Kendall School of Design and Davis Tech in Grand Rapids, next enrolling at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he became a largely self-taught etcher. He returned to Michigan. In 1944 he married Ilse Eerdmans, an accomplished painter; they had three children: Reynold, Carla (Collins), and Paula (Graf). He received numerous honors and awards and was elected to membership in the National Academy and eventually elevated to full academician.

As a painter, he is best known for his highly detailed "resin oils." He was for many years an instructor in life drawing and painting at the Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, MI, and a private instructor as well as a book illustrator. In addition to printmaking, he worked in watercolor and casein and did murals for several churches and businesses in Michigan. He also served on the faculty of Kendall School of Design.

He was a member of the National Academy of Design, the American Watercolor Society, and art associations in a number of communities on the east and west coasts including Carmel, Gloucester, and Boston. He also was an associate member of the Prairie Printmakers.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 Boxes

Acquisition Source: James Straub, 2006

Other Note: Acc. No. 06.60

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Series 2: Photographs
Box 1
Folder 9: Photographs of R. Weidenaar, his artwork --- 1962, 1981, undated

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