Gene Kloss

b. 1903 –Oakland, California
d. 1996 –Taos, New Mexico

Education University of California at Berkeley (with Honors in Art)
1925 –San Francisco School of Fine Arts
1925 –A trip to the Southwest, beginning two decades between Taos and Berkeley
1938 –Paris exhibition with Blumenschein, O’Keeffe, John Sloan representing leading New Mexico artists.
1945 –A permanent resident of Taos
1950 –Associate of the National Academy of Design
1965 –moved to southwest Colorado
1972 –Academician of the National Academy of Design

A self-taught printmaker, Kloss created over 600 copper plate etchings, which she printed in her studio. Kloss was a prolific and technically accomplished printmaker. She worked until a few years prior to her death. Her prints are primarily intaglio although she also produced some lithographs. Kloss used her own press (which she transported back and forth from California to New Mexico. She also worked in color-based media of oil and watercolor. Her subjects relating to New Mexico ranged from landscape, portraits, Native American ceremonies, and Penitente rituals. Kloss maintained affiliations with professional artist groups in Colorado, California, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Mexico. Her exhibition record was extensive. She consistently received awards for her work. Gene Kloss priced her prints reasonably.

During the Depression, Kloss lived in Taos. She created nine plates for the New Deal PWAP in 1934. Her print, Indian Ceremonial, was one of nine plates made for the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) in 1934. The government distributed thirty prints of each to various museums, public buildings and offices. Kloss was also involved in the Federal Art Project (FAP) in the late 1930s. Gene Kloss’ work is displayed in Gallup and documented in at least 35 other New Mexico towns. She created a large number of intaglio prints for the FAP that were distributed to 35 cities and towns throughout New Mexico. Most of these prints were placed in public schools while others were distributed to university and state facilities. Of these, 168 are no longer accounted for.
Museums
University Art Museum, UNM. Albuquerque, NM (6 prints)
New York Public Library
Library of Congress
Dallas Museum. TX
Museum of Tokyo
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
National Museum of American Art,
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
The Hague, Netherlands

Roosevelt County Museum, Portales, NM
Eastern New Mexico University, Golden Library, Portales, NM
National Park Service, Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts Collection, Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM