Henry Finnell art prints to be shown at Cimarron Heritage Center

Artist was Director of OPSU Experiment Station

Henry Howard Finnell's art prints will be shown at the Cimarron Heritage Center between Nov. 5-22.

Henry Howard Finnell was born in Oakley, Miss. in 1894 and moved to Indian Territory when he was a child.

He graduated from Hartshorne High School in 1913 and received a B. S. degree in Agronomy at Oklahoma A&M College at Stillwater in 1917.

Finnell was director of Panhandle A&M's College Experiment Station at Goodwell from July 1923 to August 1934 when he was placed in charge of the USDA Soil Conservation Service in the Dust Bowl region of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. After the Dust Bowl period ended in 1942, he continued his agricultural research for the USDA and also for PAMC at Goodwell. He enjoyed working until retirement in 1959.

As a youngster in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, Howard took a mail order art course.

He wanted to become a commercial artist when he grew up, but as often happens, that ambition didn't work out. However, he included many sketches in his journals and other written work. His works in art include cartoons, water colors, oils, and pointillist sketches, or as he called them, “dot pictures”.

He had several showings of his work at Goodwell. He made approximately 90 drawings, of which about 25 were pointillist in ink.

Prints of the drawings are being offered to collectors by the PSU Alumni Association. Proceeds will go to their scholarship fund, which is given every year to a direct decendent of a PSU Alumni.

The unframed prints are valued at $280. for the full set of 17 $20. each; or a choice of five for $85. The prints are dated 1932 to 1943.

There are five in the series that are pertinent to Cimarron County. These drawings are all outstanding works of art, and very interesting in their complexity.


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