Frans Wildenhain artwork

RIT Art Collection

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Frans Wildenhain
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
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Frans Wildenhain artwork
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1955-1975
Frans Wildenhain artwork consists of ceramic pieces, a mural, and an oil painting. Wildenhain was on the faculty in the School for American Crafts at RIT from 1950-1970.
7.0 Item(s) (1 Oil painting, 1 Ceramic mural, 2 Ceramic figures, 1 Ceramic pot, 2 Ceramic jugs, 1 Ceramic bowl)
Dimensions note
Artwork pieces vary in size: 8 x 6.5 to 26 x 31.75 inches.
C.S. North, Shelves 74-statuette, 77 (with Art on Campus collection)
RIT Art Collection
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RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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German born potter Frans Wildenhain (1905-1980) joined the faculty at the School for American Crafts in 1950 where, along with Hobart Cowles, he helped create the legendary ceramics program. Wildenhain was trained at the Bauhaus with such giants as Josef Albers, Paul Klee, and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. In addition to more traditional forms of pottery, Wildenhain created large ceramic murals for display in public spaces, such as the wall in the lobby of RIT’s Ingle Auditorium and a ceramic mosaic mural for the R.J. Strasenburgh laboratory in Henrietta, New York.

Wildenhain's work is held by numerous galleries, including the Stedelijk Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and the Art Institute of Chicago. However, the largest collection of Wildenhain work is held by RIT.

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Frans Wildenhain artwork contains 1 oil painting and 7 ceramic pieces (sizes given in inches unless noted):

  1. Pink Landscape (Bristol Hills), oil painting, 26 x 35
  2. Allegory of a Landscape, ceramic mural, 8 x 28 feet
  3. Untitled (figure), ceramic sculpture, 14 x 2.5
  4. Untitled (covered pot), ceramic, 9 x 6
  5. Untitled (jug) ceramic, 9 x 6
  6. Untitled (pottery jug), ceramic, 8 x 6.5
  7. Untitled (bowl), glazed clay vessel, 7 x 14
  8. Untitled (figure), ceramic sculpture, 9 x 2.5

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection consists of 8 pieces of artwork.

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Personal Name(s)

  • Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-
  • Fram, Eugene H.

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Art collections.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. School for American Craftsmen.


  • Ceramicists


  • Art in universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Artists -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- 20th century
  • Ceramics -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- 20th century


  • Ceramics (objects)
  • Oil paintings (visual works)

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Preferred Citation

Frans Wildenhain artwork, RIT Art Collection

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number(s): 04:07;07:110, 08:38, 13:062

Source of Acquisition

The painting Pink Landscape (Bristol Hills) was donated to the RIT Art Collection by Barbara E. Towner and Julia Newton in 2004.

Two ceramic jugs and one ceramic covered pot with cover were donated by RIT Professor and Dean of the College of Business, Eugene Fram.

Untitled, unglazed clay figure sketch in grey, brown, white, black colors was donated to RIT by Nancy Peck in April 2008. Peck purchased the piece from a sale held by Frans Wildenhain's wife after his death in 1980.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.

Revision Description

 Lisa Witt 25 September 2013

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Bibliography (Collapse)

Frans Wildenhain at Art on Campus, Rochester Institute of Technology

Additional description and images of artist work in View It! The Art and Architecture of RIT. By David Pankow, Becky Simmons, Houghton Wetherald. Rochester, NY: Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2004.

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