Robert E. Ault (American, 1936 – 2008)
Country Scene, late 20th century
Ink and watercolor painting on paper
Signed to the lower right
Label to the verso
Robert “Bob” Ault was an American art educator and pioneer of art therapy as a profession in America. Born in Texas, he was the youngest member admitted to the South Texas Art League at 14 years old. Ault received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Fine Arts at Wichita State University in Kansas. During his studies, Ault worked at the Institute of Logopedics developing an art therapy program. After graduation, he served in the army reserve before taking a position at the Menninger Foundation’s activity department, later becoming the director of Menninger’s Creative Arts Clinic. In addition to his work at Menninger’s, Robert Ault was a founding member and the second president of the American Art Therapy Association; director, part-time professor, and founder of Emporia State University’s Master of Science in Psychology with specialization in Art Therapy program; and he established a private practice, school, and studio space at Ault’s Academy of Art in Topeka. After retiring, he continued to make work in his studio full-time until 2007.
- toning and slight ripple warp to paper; stains to fabric frame liner; scratches and wear to frame, with slight separation of frame corners.
- measures frame; visible work 13.5" W x 11.5" H.