Wednesday, January 31, 2018

brothers Fowler

This past month my study has deepened on the grain merchant from Paola, Kansas.

The organizer in me remembers the energy I had in my twenties. I can easily imagine what Fowler did with his.

He and I have both explored self-publishing. I see parallels. So I am planning to illustrate this work.

Once in December I spent the whole day at the Missouri Valley Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Kansas City Public Library on Tenth Street. A ninety mile drive from where I live.

Doors are swinging open just like they did when I was exploring Fred Geary in 2011, and like the last two years on my father.

A work space is set up at the house. Away from the sounds of television and commotion.

Fowler had roots in the grain business. His grandfather and two brothers. His father and his uncle.


  1. Hi Karl,

    Did John Mallery tell you we are working on an exhibition with publication, of all the the Woodcut Society presentation prints? John has already transcribed all the 40-some folder essays. I 'm working on a little history of Sandzén's history with Fowler and the collecting. Kate Crawford (formerly of the Nelson-A) will deepen her work on the four Contemporary Woodcut annuals, and we've asked Bill North to reconstitute his research and Midwest Art History Conference (1990s) paper for an Alfred Fowler bio essay. I will check with him, but I'm sure it'll be fine if you'd like to come out on a research trip to look through his boxes of Fowler files.
    All best from Lindsborg, Cori Sherman North

    1. The contribution Alfred Fowler made was so vast and so prolific. It is important for many documents and many voices to flesh it all out.