Henry (Heinrich) Vianden is often called the "Father of Wisconsin Art." He was an early teacher to numerous important Wisconsin artists in the 19th century including his most famous student, Carl von Marr. Artistically, his Germanic tradition and discipline persisted through his students’ work well into the 20th century, and his Wisconsin landscapes provide some of the earliest color images of the state. Many of Wisconsin’s first generation of American-born artists received their earliest training from him including Susan Frackelton.
Recipient of the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards