Robert Frankowiak – Painting

Bob was a self-taught Artist beginning with winning the Milwaukee Journal Calendars competition in 1951. After serving in the U.S. Army he began working at the Milwaukee Public Museum where he worked with, among others, the artist Owen J. Gromme. In his 35 years at the Museum Bob painted over 47 murals and diorama backgrounds depicting wildlife ecology of Africa, Central America and North America, traveling extensively to collect specimens and painting afield. He became the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Art Director in 1984, and retired in 1990. Bob has created cover designs and illustrations for prominent national and international magazines, books and other wildlife publications. He won the 1980 Wisconsin Trout Stamp and the 1988 Wisconsin Turkey Stamp competitions, and was the second finalist for the Wisconsin State Quarter design competition. His bird paintings have been exhibited in the “Birds in Art” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Philadelphia Academy of Arts and Science Wildlife Art Show and he was a frequent exhibitor at the Milwaukee Sentinel Sports Show Art Exhibition. After his retirement, he continued to paint murals commissioned by sponsors such as Cabela’s, and private collectors.

Several years ago, Bob helped update the Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters Museum exhibits by painting 7 large paintings and murals depicting the landscape and history of the area.

Bob passed away unexpectedly this past February at the age of 84, and will be sorely missed by his wife Judye, his many friends and colleagues, and the nature and art scene of America….