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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Italian Food, Fried Potatoes, Ice Cream, Cake, Pie, Cobbler
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/5/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Mixed Media Artist
Art Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Italian Food, Fried Potatoes, Ice Cream, Cake, Pie, Cobbler
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/5/1928
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Artist Ralph Arnold was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 5, 1928. After graduating from Blue Island High School in 1946, Arnold attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign briefly in 1947. He later returned there before transferring and graduating from Roosevelt University in 1955. In 1976, Arnold earned his M.F.A. degree from the Art Institute of Chicago.

After leaving the U of I the first time, Arnold enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea from 1950 until 1952. After entering Roosevelt University, Arnold became involved with the Skyloft Players, a theater group, where he worked with Abena Joan Brown and Okoro Harold Johnson. After graduating, Arnold focused on his art, and in 1969, he was hired by Rockford College as an assistant professor of painting. From there, he taught briefly at Barrat College before being named chairman of the art department at Loyola University of Chicago. Arnold also served as an adjunct lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Arnold’s work crossed several genres, and could be seen in numerous galleries and collections. He created a series of collages entitled “Napoleon in Hawaii,” some of which were displayed in the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, and he had another piece on display in the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. Arnold also had an interest in bookbinding. He was a member of the Illinois Arts Council for more than thirty years.

Arnold died on May 10, 2006 at the age of 77.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ralph Arnold lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ralph Arnold talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ralph Arnold talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ralph Arnold describes his adoptive parents and how his adoptive father joined a minstrel company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ralph Arnold recounts his adoptive father's career in amusement companies and as a janitor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ralph Arnold remembers his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ralph Arnold describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ralph Arnold remembers modern technology at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ralph Arnold describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ralph Arnold talks about his grade schools in Knoxville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ralph Arnold remember teachers from his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ralph Arnold describes his after-school activities in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ralph Arnold recalls feeling like an outsider and his experience of racial discrimination in school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ralph Arnold recalls feeling like an outsider and his experience of racial discrimination in school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ralph Arnold remembers taking college courses in high school and his experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ralph Arnold talks about serving in the Korean War just after the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ralph Arnold talks about his black staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ralph Arnold recalls North Korean soldiers who asked about his treatment by white officers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ralph Arnold describes stories from the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ralph Arnold remembers soldiers in his outfit who died in the Korean War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ralph Arnold talks about returning to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after the Korean War and being prevented from graduating
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ralph Arnold talks about working with Skyloft Players and playing extra parts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ralph Arnold talks about his acting experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ralph Arnold talks about Skyloft Players and notable members he met in the group
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ralph Arnold describes prominent theater personalities and political figures in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ralph Arnold talks about his commute from Robbins, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois, and his adoptive father's opinion of his theater work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ralph Arnold talks about earning his M.F.A. degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ralph Arnold talks about his teaching career and becoming the department chair at Loyola University Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ralph Arnold talks about his experience as the first black academic administrator at Loyola University Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ralph Arnold describes his artistic style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ralph Arnold talks about his visual art works and shows
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ralph Arnold talks about his interest in Napoleon and in collecting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ralph Arnold talks about originality in art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ralph Arnold shows one of his most recent art pieces
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ralph Arnold reflects on his parents' opinion of his art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ralph Arnold describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ralph Arnold reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ralph Arnold talks about what he would do differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ralph Arnold talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ralph Arnold narrates his photographs