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Thomas Arnold McGlynn
(1878-1966)





A painter, teacher, and designer, Thomas Arnols McGlynn was born in San Francisco, California on March 29, 1878. As a youth, McGlynn was active with the Columbia Park Boys Club (a precursor of Boy Scouts) for which he contributed artwork and served as the editor for their first magazine. When he was 13 years old, an accident crushed his back rendering him dependent on crutches and canes for the rest of his life; however, he never allowed the injury to interfere with his art career. In 1899, he entered the local School of Design and studied there for many years on scholarships. While a student, Arthur Mathews became his mentor and later appointed him chief designer for Mathews' Furniture Shop from 1906-18. McGlynn taught for 27 years in the San Francisco school system and for a short time at University of California Berkeley before building a home and studio in Pebble Beach in 1938. He died there on June 21, 1966. McGlynn painted luminist landscapes of the Pacific coast from Canada to Mexico.

Member: Carmel Art Association (pres., 1951-52); San Francisco Art Association; Bay Region Art Association; Society of Western Artists; American Artists Professional League; American Federation of Arts; Society for Sanity in Art; Santa Cruz Art League.

Exhibited: Los Angeles Liberty Fair, 1918 (award); California State Fair, 1924, 1939-40; San Francisco Art Association Annuals; Santa Cruz Art League, 1929-57 (awards); Monterey County Fair, 1931-40; Carmel Art Association, 1934, 1949 (solo); 1962 (solo) 1966 (solo); Oakland Art Gallery, 1936-49 Society for Sanity in Art, 1938-46; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939-40; Santa Cruz County Fair, 1940; 1955 (1st prizes); American Artists Professional League, 1941-46; Art in National Defense, 1943 (award); California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1945; Society of Western Artists, 1948-60; Carmel Museum, 1969; Triton Museum (Santa Clara), 1970 (solo); Monterey Peninsula Museum, 1979 (solo); San Mateo County Historical Society, 1982; Ventura County Historical Museum, 1984, 1985.

Works Held: Monterey Peninsula Museum; Monterey Community Hospital; Oakland Museum.

Source:
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.