Category Archives: History

James Spencer Russell, Eras

Jim’s life can be separated into nine eras.  While this does not begin to tell the entire story, it does give a thumbnail sketch of his life’s journey.  You will need to see the exhibition at the Indiana State Museum

James Spencer Russell, Eras

Jim’s life can be separated into nine eras.  While this does not begin to tell the entire story, it does give a thumbnail sketch of his life’s journey.  You will need to see the exhibition at the Indiana State Museum

Bullfight Photographs from 1957 European Trip

In 1957 Jim took a trip to Europe to escape the day to day grind of set design for live television.  On this trip he decided that he would resign from NBC TV and become a full-time artist.  Jim made

Bullfight Photographs from 1957 European Trip

In 1957 Jim took a trip to Europe to escape the day to day grind of set design for live television.  On this trip he decided that he would resign from NBC TV and become a full-time artist.  Jim made

Russell’s University of New Mexico BA

In Jim’s information regarding his education, he always referred to his 1936 BA from the University of New Mexico.  During our recent trip to Kewanna additional information was uncovered.  Jim’s BA was conferred in June of 1937, but he had

Russell’s University of New Mexico BA

In Jim’s information regarding his education, he always referred to his 1936 BA from the University of New Mexico.  During our recent trip to Kewanna additional information was uncovered.  Jim’s BA was conferred in June of 1937, but he had

Costume Design, Yale School of Drama

Still digging into Satch’s collection – she has a series of Jim’s costume designs that were created for Jim’s Masters thesis for the School of Fine Arts at Yale University.  Jim chose to design for an opera, Village of Romeo

Costume Design, Yale School of Drama

Still digging into Satch’s collection – she has a series of Jim’s costume designs that were created for Jim’s Masters thesis for the School of Fine Arts at Yale University.  Jim chose to design for an opera, Village of Romeo

James Spencer Russell, Studying at University of New Mexico

Jim enrolled at the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 1934.  Jim studied painting under the renowned modern artist, Raymond Jonson, who also came to the university in 1934.  In the 1920’s, Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism

James Spencer Russell, Studying at University of New Mexico

Jim enrolled at the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 1934.  Jim studied painting under the renowned modern artist, Raymond Jonson, who also came to the university in 1934.  In the 1920’s, Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism

James Spencer Russell in Taos, New Mexico, Part Two

As we prepare photographs for our book we are delving a little deeper in Satch’s collection.  The two watercolor sketches presented in this post were most likely made circa Summer of 1935, when Jim enrolled in the University of New

James Spencer Russell in Taos, New Mexico, Part Two

As we prepare photographs for our book we are delving a little deeper in Satch’s collection.  The two watercolor sketches presented in this post were most likely made circa Summer of 1935, when Jim enrolled in the University of New

James Spencer Russell in Taos, New Mexico, Part One

In the fall of 1934, during the Depression, Jim enrolled in the University of New Mexico.  He studied painting under renowned artist Raymond Jonson.  Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism to New Mexico and was a part of a group

James Spencer Russell in Taos, New Mexico, Part One

In the fall of 1934, during the Depression, Jim enrolled in the University of New Mexico.  He studied painting under renowned artist Raymond Jonson.  Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism to New Mexico and was a part of a group