Biography

A self portrait - 1946.
 
 Clarence's brother Laurence, my grandfather.
 
Brother Laurence (l) and Clarence (r).
 
 
A sketch of his parents, siblings, and himself that he included in his autobiography.
 

His boyhood home in Eau Claire

 
 
 
 
I was encouraged by his granddaughter to add a substantial portion of his autobiography to this site. It's listed under the menu as "His Life and Times" and has several sub-pages. Although he was encouraged by his granddaughter to add chapters in later life, he always told her he had lost interest. This will explain why his later years are absent.
 
For a simple biography...Clarence Hotvedt was born in 1900 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the seventh of ten children. His first documented effort as an artist came in high school when he states in his autobiography, “I did cartoons for the high school annual and in my senior year I was editor of the annual.” After graduating from high school he enrolled at the University of Minnesota with the intention of studying architecture. After depleting his savings the first year he decided he was more interested in art and the following year enrolled at the Chicago Art Institute.

After graduation, during a chance street encounter with Edmund Kopietz, who also had attended the Art Institute, Clarence learned that Western Lithograph in Wichita had a position open. He applied for the job, was hired and began work in January of 1924. It was in Wichita that he would help found the Prairie Print Makers in 1930.

When he first came to Wichita he joined an art sketch class at the Wichita Art Association and soon became their first paid teacher. He taught the life drawing classes until he left Wichita to pursue employment in Fort Worth. During the years between 1924 and 1936, while in Wichita and then Fort Worth, he created almost three quarters of his approximately 40 prints.

Over the years he would work in Texas, New York City and then Providence, Rhode Island until he returned to Wichita in 1946 as the Director of the Art Department at Western Lithograph. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1969. Upon his return to Wichita he again took an active interest in the Wichita Art Association and the Wichita Artist’s Guild.

Clarence worked in several mediums including watercolors, oils, and drawings but is most recognized for his printmaking. The printmaking included block prints, etchings, drypoints, aquatint and lithographs. Although he numbered his editions at 50, he seldom completed an entire edition. Many of his prints were traded or gifted to friends; other artists and printmakers.

During retirement Clarence renewed his interest in printmaking, focusing on lithographs and etchings. During this time he created lithographs depicting several historic Wichita buildings. The primary subject for all of his work was the Midwest. A lengthy vacation to Texas and part of Mexico in 1934, and his time in Rhode Island, also inspired some of his prints and paintings.

He remained in Wichita until his death in 1991.