GUY C. WIGGINS1883-1962
Guy C. Wiggins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1883. Guy began studying painting at a young age with his father, Carleton Wiggins, who was a well known landscape painter. Guy Wiggins went to the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, around 1900 to study architecture and drawing. Shortly after beginning his studies in architecture Wiggins left the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute to continue studying painting and attended the National Academy of Design. While probably still at the academy, at the age of twenty Wiggins was the youngest American artist to have a work accepted into the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1920 Wiggins made his summer home in Old Lyme, Connecticut. While summering in Old Lyme Wiggins became a member of a group of painters who were creating their own Impressionistic method by melding the French technique with American conventions, although most of American art at this time was moving toward realism. Wiggins moved to Essex, Connecticut in 1937 and founded the Guy Wiggins Art School. Guy continued to teach at his school while traveling around the country. Wiggins is primarily known for his city snow scenes, which are typically of Manhattan. Wiggins died in Florida in 1962.