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Arthur Kraft 1959: Well-Known K.C. Artist Is Beaten and Robbed

Newspaper clipping from the Lawrence Daily Journal-World – October 8, 1959:

Well-Known K.C. Artist Is Beaten and Robbed
Arthur Kraft, 38, well known Kansas City artist, was beaten and robbed in a parking lot Wednesday night.

Kraft was named by the Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the 10 outstanding young men in the nation in 1954.

Police said he apparently was struck repeatedly on the head and face with a pistol butt as he started to enter his car at 5050 Main. His billfold, containing $20, and a watch were taken.

He was taken to a hospital, where attendants said his condition was satisfactory.

Kraft is working on several sculptures for a new shopping center in Indianapolis and on murals for Kansas City’s new public library.

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Arthur Kraft Mosaic Owl From The Kansas City Public Library Mural

Posting from the askart.com Discussion board:

David Farmer – 11/07/2009

Kansas City Public Library Mural
I was fortunate enough to know Arthur and, along with a small group of his friends and associates, work for him on the assembly of the mural for the Kansas City Public Library. Under his direction, we hand cut and glued the mosaic tile to sections of stiff cardboard which were later transported to the site and installed in place by local union tile setters. It was a memorable experience working for the man and even these many years later, I can still pick out the various sections that I had a hand in assembling.

Since I have an affection for owls, he gave me a colored pencil and watercolor sketch of the owl that nests in one of the trees in the mural. I will always hold fond memories of Arthur and my experiences working under his direction.

Mosaic owl from the Kansas City Public Library mural

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