Student, Chicago The Art Institute of Chicago, 1928-1931; student, Vanderbilt University, 1934-1937; Bachelor of Education, Eastern Illinois College, 1934; Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Eastern Illinois College, 1956; A.M., Peabody College, 1935; Doctor of Philosophy, Peabody College, 1938.
Art writer, also Peabody Reflector, 1934-1935; instructor art, Louisiana State University, 1937-1940; assistant professor, Louisiana State University, 1940; head fine arts department, Louisiana State University, 1941; associate professor, Louisiana State University, 1944-1949; professor, Louisiana State University, 1949-1956; director art education division, State University of New York Teachers College, New Paltz, 1956-1959; chairman art education department, Pratt Institute, 1959-1962; director graduate programs art and design, Pratt Institute, 1962-1965; acting dean School Art and Design, Pratt Institute, 1970-1971; director graduate programs in art and design, Pratt Institute, 1971-1975; emeritus professor, Pratt Institute, since 1975. Lecturer art Vassar College, 1949. Member council National Committee Art Education.
Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946. Member Artists Equity, American Society Aesthetics, College Art Association, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi.
Married Jane Bisson, June 1, 1936. Children: Eric Lee, Lydia, Walter.