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Syracuse snow sells for $8,650
Syracuse snow sells for $8,650January 30, 2004Amy Schmitzaemehrin@syr.edu
You may hate shoveling it, but to some Syracuse University alumni, snow is worth quite a lot – especially when it’s painted by renowned folk artist and SU alumnus Warren Kimble ’57. “Snowman,” Kimble’s well-known depiction of a snowman decked in orange and blue, was auctioned on eBay and purchased on Jan. 12 by a loyal SU alumus for $8,650.
The proceeds from the sale won’t go far – Kimble has designated them for the SU Cheerleading Fund. Kimble was a member of the SU Cheerleading squad as an undergraduate. SU’s Cheerleading squad was recently ranked 22nd in the nation at the 2004 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships.
“Warren Kimble’s unbridled enthusiasm and strong devotion to Syracuse University and to our spirit program are truly remarkable,” says Michael Veley, associate director of the athletic department. “His passion for SU is exemplified by this generous gift. He is not only a world-class artist, he is a world-class role model for our program.”
“I’m so pleased to be able to enhance the cheering program and assist the squad with travel and equipment expenses,” Kimble says. “I couldn’t be happier with the sale.”
Kimble, recipient of a 2002 George Arents Pioneer Medal from SU for excellence in the field of art, is one of America’s most popular folk artists. He is a leader of today’s Americana style of painting, with its roots in primitive folk art. Kimble’s success can be found in simple and honest themes that resonate with today’s collectors and people interested in home decor with an American country theme.
His paintings of rural Vermont scenes and unique animals have become familiar around the world.
After graduating in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, Kimble first worked in advertising, but then drawn into the field of education – as a public school arts teacher and later as a professor of art at Castleton State College in Vermont. Though teaching was his vocation, he pursued his avocations of painting in the American folk art style and collecting antiques.
The image has evolved into a Syracuse icon since it began appearing on T-shirts, cards, and flags in 2000. Hand-signed prints by Kimble, which were donated by his publisher, Wild Apple Graphics, are on sale for $15 at SU’s Alumni Relations Office. For more information or to purchase a print, call 1-800-SUALUMS (782-5867) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.