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William Frame Conger, American artist, educator. Recipient Bartels award Art Institute Chicago, 1971; Clusmann award, 1973; Friedman awards University Chicago, 1965, 66; Illinois Arts Council grant, 2009, Distinguished Artist award, University League Club Chicago, Pollock-Kranser grant, 2009, Distng. Artist award, Union League Club Chicago.


Conger, William Frame was born on May 29, 1937 in Dixon, Illinois, United States. Son of Robert Allen and Catherine Florence (Kelly) Conger.


Student, The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, 1954, 56-57, 60, 62;Bachelor of Fine Arts, U. New Mexico, 1960;Master of Fine Arts, University of Chicago, 1966.


Assistant professor Rock Valley College, Rockford, 1966-1971. Visiting lecturer Beloit College, 1969. Professor, chairman department art DePaul University, Chicago, 1971-1985.

Visiting artist University Chicago, 1976, 83, Cornell University, 1980. School Art Institute Chicago, 1985, University Iowa. Adjunct professor Southern Illinois University, 1984.

Chairman department art theory and practice Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1985-1999, professor, 1985—2006, professor emeritus, since 2006. Numerous lectures., since 1996, Art Club Chicago, 2009.


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    • One man shows Burpee Museum, Rockford, Illinois, 1971, Douglas Kenyon Gallery, Chicago, 1974, 75, Krannert Center for Arts, Urbana, Illinois, 1976, Zaks Gallery, Chicago, 1978, 80, 83, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, 1985, 87, 90, 92, 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 04, 07, 09, 10, Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, 1992, Tarbel Museum, Illinois, 1993, University Club Chicago, 1998, Jonson Museum, Albuquerque, 1998, Walters Art Center, Tulsa, 2000, 01, Tadu Contemporary Santa Fe, 2003, 04, 05, Metropolitan Capitol Bank, Chicago, 2006, Retrospective, Chicago Cultural Center, 2009. Group shows include Art Institute Chicago, 1963, 71, 73, 78, 80, 84-85, Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1976, 96-97, Rockport Art Museum, 2002, Krannert Museum, Urbana, 1976, Illinois State Museum, 1978, 88-89, E.B. Crocker Gallery, Sacramento, 1977, Phoenix Museum, 1977, Mitchell Museum, 1980, Notre Dame University, 1981, Sonoma State University, 1983, Cowles Museum, 1983, Arts Club Chicago, 1983-1997, Sheldon Memorial Gallery, University Nebraska, 1984, Anchorage Fine Arts Museum, 1985, Ark Art Center, 1985, Block Museum, Northwestern University, 1986, 90, 96-97, 2005, 06, Smart Museum, 1996, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, 2001, 03, 05-, 10-, EastSide Editions, San Francisco, 2006-2007. Represented in permanent collections Art Institute Chicago, Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago, Smart Museum, University Chicago, Illinois State Museum, Chicago, Northern Illinois University, DePaul University, Jonson Museum, University New Mexico, Block Museum, City of Chicago Public Art Collection, McCormick Center, Chicago, Bucknell University, Wellesley College, Brauer Museum, Lubeznik Center India, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas, others.

      Also private collections United States and worldwide. Numerous catalogs, reviews and commentary in Arts magazine, Art Forum, Art in American, Ciamese, Art News, Art Criticism, Art & Antiques. Others.

      Author essays in Whitewalls, Chicago/Art/Write, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Art, Psychoanalytic Studies of Biography, Critical Inquiry, Prompt, other journals, papers and career materials in archives of America art, Smithsonian Institution, DC, Northwestern University Archives.


Board directors Ox Bow Art School, 1982-1986. Advisory board Renaissance Society, 1988-1999. Board trustees St. Benedict High School, Chicago, 1994—2000.

Visiting committee, DePaul University Art Museum, since 2004. Referee National Endowment of the Humanities, 1989. Interviewee television and radio programs including American Art Forum, Chicago Tonight.

Member Sons of America Revolution, Society Mayflower Descendants, Illinois Board Governors, Alden Kindred of America, Jamestowne Society, Union League Club Chicago, Arts Club Chicago, Phi Sigma Tau.


Married Kathleen Marie Onderak, May 23, 1964. Children: Sarah Elizabeth, Clarisa Lynn.

Robert Allen Conger

Catherine Florence (Kelly) Conger

Kathleen Marie Onderak

Sarah Elizabeth Conger

Clarisa Lynn Conger