William Dean Fausett, American (1913 - 1998)

 

Dean Fausett, born in Utah on July 4, 1913, and raised of Mormon parentage, began his career in art when he received a scholarship at the age of 16 that took him to New York to study at the Arts Students League and the Beaux Arts Institute of Design. During this time he became Mural Assistant to his brother, Lynn Fausett, and Hildreth Meiere. He made his first trip aboard in 1935 to study and prepare sketches for a mural with Mrs. Meiere, commissioned for St. Michael's Monastery Church. Upon returning to the United States, he attended mural painting classes of Boardman Robinson at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. His concentration on the Renaissance period was responsible for the particular characteristics reflected in his murals, landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits.Dean Fausett was "artist-in-residence" (1936-39) of the famous Henry Street Settlement House Arts and Crafts School, where he taught painting, drawing, and home planning to many underprivileged who lived on the Lower East Side of New York. His social work prepared him for the positions he held later as Director/Teacher of the Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, Georgia (1939-40). While traveling and painting throughout the South, he received his first mural commission for the United States Treasury Department.

After World War II, he returned to Dorset, where he purchased a home that was the "Dwelling House" of the Revolutionary Innkeeper, Cephas Kent. It was in the "Cephas Kent Dwelling" where Vermont's Green Mountain Boys met and considered the birthplace of Vermont's freedom and independence. Since 1990 he made Dorset his full-time home.

Dean Fausett helped in founding the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester and was a past president and honorary trustee. He was a member of the Vermont Council of the Arts, past president of the National Society of Mural Painters, life member of the Arts Students League of New York, Utah Institute of Fine Arts, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Vermont Historical Society, Conservation Society of Southern Vermont, Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences and a board member of the Manchester Music Festival.

Dean Fausett painted over 15 murals, which are installed in various places around the United States. Among the many portraits he painted are Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Grandma Moses, Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson, Sir Alexander Fleming (discoverer of penicillin), Eugene Ormandy, Hoagy Carmichael, former Governor of Vermont, Thomas P. Salmon and former Governor of Utah, J. Bracken Lee.

Mr. Fausett is represented in a great number of museums which include New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. He is also represented in many Universities and public and private collections across the United States, England and Europe.

Art critics from coast-to-coast acclaimed Dean Fausett as one of America's most promising young painters. New York critic, Edward Alden Jewel said: "his skies are unsurpassed in our time." Another noted art critic wrote: "his rich rolling landscapes are Rubenesque and the quality of the old Dutch masters." At an early age he was twice the honored recipient of the famed Guggenheim Fellowship, which helped to further his career and the development of his new found direction.

Among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him, he was selected by Art News as one of the "Ten Best" Painters in America. Mr. Fausett was also th recipient of the Carnegie International Prize. In March of 1996 he was presented a Bronze Medal, during the dinner attended by former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, on the occasion of Utah's Centennial Celebration. He was one of 100 Prominent Utahns to receive this reward.

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