|Death Date: June 4, 2000
|Born in southern Ohio at Portsmouth, Clarence Carter was a true Ohio native. He developed a love of drawing at an early age and encouraged by his family, took private watercolor lessons and won art prizes in his youth at the local county and state fairs.
He participated at Cleveland’s May Shows from 1927 through 1939. In 1927, William Milliken, curator of paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art, organized a subscription scholarship and this allowed Carter two years of travel through Italy, Switzerland, England and France. He was able to study with Hans Hoffman and upon returning to Cleveland; Carter had his first solo exhibition at the Cleveland Art Center.
Carter was a member and served as Vice President of the American Watercolor Society and his work interpreted the American scene. The Museum was delighted to add to the permanent watercolor collection “Front Porch” by Clarence Holbrook Carter. Painted in the mid-1930s we believe “Front Porch” was a home near Portsmouth, Ohio (Carter’s hometown).