Etcher and Lithographer
Draughtsman, painter and printmaker, Robert James Baxter was born on 30 November 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his B.S. in art in 1956, and both his M.S. in painting and his M.F.A. in painting in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Baxter also studied with Aaron Bohrod and John Wilde. He relocated to San Diego, California in the early 1960s and began teaching at San Diego State University in 1962. In 1969, Baxter went to Rome on sabbatical and decided to remain in Italy, living there for a number of years. He eventually returned to Southern California and was Professor of Art at San Diego State University until 1973. As a printmaker, Baxter worked with the Workshop of Ernest F. de Soto and Editions Press, both located in San Francisco.
Baxter became a member of the National Academy of Design in 1993 and was elected a full Academician in 1994. He was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant in 1972, and Pollack-Krasner Foundation grants in 2000 and 2005.
His work in the Art Institute of Chicago; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts; Chazen Museum of Art; University of Wisconsin; Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens; Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; Frye Art Museum; Gruenwald Center for Graphics Arts; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Hood Museum at Dartmouth College; Instituto Nazionale Per La Grafica in Rome; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; National Academy of Design; Phoenix Art Museum; University of North Carolina at Greensboro; San Diego Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Vatican Pinoteca, Rome; Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Wichita Falls Museum of Art