This poster was presented at A Century of Design in the Parks Symposium, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 21-23, 2016.
By Mixie Kingman Eddy
Back in 1931 Horace Albright, the Director of the National Parks Service, commissioned my father, Eugene Kingman, a Yale trained “plein air” artist to paint large oil paintings of seven national parks, which were sent to Paris to be displayed during the 1931 Paris Expo, in the spirit of promoting and enhancing awareness about the extraordinary beauty of America’s most popular national parks during that era. Albright wanted to attract Europeans to visit and experience first-hand America’s treasured natural wonders. Kingman was able to capture on canvas spectacular landscape views of these seven national parks: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Teton, Crater Lake, Mt. Rainier, Sequoia, and the Grand Canyon.
The poster will focus on a historical perspective…. honoring our national park treasures and celebrating the National Park Service’s 2016 Centennial through Kingman’s artwork of seven parks, similar to the way national parks were promoted by the NPS during the 1931 Paris Expo.
The poster will feature quality images of Kingman’s paintings of those same seven exquisite national parks, which were displayed in Paris during 1931. Included on this poster to add historical perspective, would be a very brief synopsis and description about these commissioned paintings by Horace Alright for the National Park Service.
The presentation of this poster would focus on reflecting Horace Albright’s uplifting spirit during the 1931 Paris Expo:
- To honor America’s national parks through a display of replicated images of spectacular paintings by Eugene Kingman of seven parks, which capture the stunning beauty of our nation’s special treasures.
- To entice and remind folks to visit fascinating national and state parks all over the U.S.
- To commemorate the National Park Service’s 2016 Centennial with some historical perspective, while expressing appreciation to the CCC and WPA, and all those involved in making the national and state parks what they are today.
Mixie Kingman Eddy is the eldest daughter of Eugene Kingman and maintains a website to honor his artistic legacy: eugenekingman.com. Now a retired international school counselor with an MA in Counseling Psychology, Mixie is a member of the Association of Personal Historians, and is fascinated about creativity in all walks of life. She loves to write personal history stories about one’s creative pursuits. (creativelegacies.com). Mixie also is a hobby musician and enjoys playing piano, as well as octave mandolin accompaniment in a band, called “Celtic Roots” for various gigs near her home in Bellingham, WA. Later this year she plans to finish writing a book featuring her father’s paintings of spectacular national parks in celebration of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.