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Hans Schuler Sr. ’1894, ’1899

Hans Schuler Sr. ’1894, ’1899


The German-born Hans Schuler Sr. spoke four languages by the time he enrolled at the Maryland Institute, graduating from the day school in 1894 and Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1899, part of its first class. The first American sculptor to win a gold medal at the Paris Salon, he shepherded the school through the Depression and World War II. His 25-year tenure as director included efforts to strengthen the school's fine arts programs and the creation of the first independent studios for students. The school also directly supported America's World War II efforts, adding courses in map tracing and blueprint reading specifically for defense efforts. During Schuler's tenure, the school became a charter member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and received full state accreditation.

Image credit: Schuler School of Fine Arts