Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Bio Offers More Details and Clues to Finding More Quirk Works

We recently found this bio of Franciws Quirk on line at it was interesting in that it provided some details on his wife, daughter, other awards and possible locations for his paintings.

There were a couple of errors that we have corrected in the text below.

Francis Joseph Quirk

Francis Joseph Quirk, American artist, educator. Recipient Chassey Memorial Benedict award; Tiffany Foundation fellow; Judges award Ocean Park, 1956; Old Orchard award, 1962; Lindback award distinguished teaching, 1965; Ossabaw Island Project grantee, 1968, fellow, 1972. Member Kinney Shores Association (president), Sigma Phi Epsilon (honorary life).


  • Quirk, Francis Joseph was born on June 3, 1907 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Edward R. and Anne (O’Neill) Quirk.
  • Education

    • Diploma Rhode Island School Design, 1929, postgraduate, 1930. Postgraduate University of Pennsylvania, 1941-1942. Studied in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Woodstock, New York, also France and Italy.


    • Montgomery School, 1930-1935. Professor art history, drawing and painting Ogontz College, 1935-1940, co-head art department, 1940-1950. Professor contemporary perspective-painting Hussian Art School, Philadelphia, 1948-1950.

      Department chairman fine arts Lehigh University, 1950-1970, professor, 1952-1970, curator permanent collections, director exhbns., since 1970. Television programs These Our Own, station WFIL-television, Philadelphia, Art as We See It, station WGPA, 1955-1961. Works exhibited nat. shows: represented permanent collection Lehigh University, U. Massachusetts, Colby College, Wilson College, Allentown College, Kraushaar College, Parker College, Ships Museum, Savannah, Canton Institute of Art Stroudsburg Hospital, Bethlehem City Center, Deiruff High School, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Georgia Museum Art, Notre Dame U. Art Gallery, Smithsonian Institution other public, private collections.

      Portraits displayed City Hall, Litzenberger House, Bethlehem, American Consulate, Zurich, Switzerland, others. Board advisers Architectural Commission, Bethlehem. Chairman fine arts, architecture coms.

      City Centre.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member Kinney Shoes Association (president), Sigma Phi Epsilon (honorary life).


      • Married Anna F. Feeley, Sept 12, 1936. Children: James R., Ada-Lee A. Head art department.
      • father: Edward R. Quirk
      • mother: Anne (O’Neill) Quirk
      • spouse: Anna F. Feeley
      • children:James R. Quirk
      • Ada-Lee A. Head art department Quirk

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