Clayton Henri Staples

American (1892 – 1978)  Obtained his formal education at the Chicago Art Institute.  After teaching at Illinois State University, he traveled extensively and then came to Wichita to develop an art program at the Wichita Municipal University (now Wichita State University).  Under his guidance and twenty years of tenure the University built a program to the Bachelor of Arts level and later offered the first Master of Fine Arts degree in Kansas.  He retired to Cuchara, Colorado but continued to support Wichita State University.  He was an active watercolor and oil painter throughout his career.

Brittany

University of Wichita (Towers)

Tripoli

Winter Aspens in the Snow

Untitled (Winter Landscape)

Cuchara Valley - Baker Creek, Early Winter

Untitled (Colorado Ranch Home)

Untitled still life (Onions and lemon)

Untitled (apples and corn)