Frederick Rhodes Sisson

(American, 1893 – 1962)

Frederick Rhodes Sisson, etcher and landscape painter, was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1893. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and the Academy de la Grande Chaumière, Paris. Sisson also studied privately with Abbott Thayer in New Hampshire from 1920-21. The artist settled back in Providence where he taught art at his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design from 1924 till 1952. During that time he also worked as a critic for the Providence Journal (1932-50). Sisson was a prominent member of the Providence Art Club and the Contemporary Artists of Providence. Upon his retirement in 1952 he moved to Falmouth, Massachusetts where he lived until his death in 1962.

  • Studied
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts School
  • Academy de la Grande Chaumière, Paris
  • With Abbott Thayer, New Hampshire, 1920-21
  • Member
  • Providence Art Club
  • Contemporary Artists, Providence
  • Society of Independent Artists
  • Work
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Brown University
  • L. D. M. Sweat Memorial Museum, Maine
  • Houston, Texas (mural)
  • Springville Museum of Art
  • Taught
  • Rhode Island School of Design, 1924-52
  • References
  • Dunbier (ed.), The Artists Bluebook: 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005
  • Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975
  • Falk (ed.), The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, National Academy of Design, 1901-1950
  • Falk (ed.), Annual Exhibition Record, 1914-68, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Opitz (ed.), Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers
  • Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art, Artists Active 1898-1947
  • Marlor, The Society of Independent Artists Exhibition Record 1917-1944
  • Springville Museum of Art, Permanent Collection Catalogue
  • Mallett, Index of Artists, International-Biographical
  • Breckinridge, "Second National Exhibition of American Art - summer 1937"
  • Exhibited
  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1924, 1926
  • Society of Independent Artists, 1924, 1927
  • Corcoran Gallery biennial, 1928
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (audiovisual)
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual, 1930
  • L. D. M. Sweat Memorial Museum, Maine, 1946
  • Brown University Contemporary Artists, Providence, 1946
  • Rhode Island School of Design, 1946
  • Rhode Island State College, 1946
  • Attleboro Museum, Massachusetts, 1946
  • Texas A& M College, 1954
  • University of Houston, 1954
  • New Hampshire Art Association (solo)
  • Providence Art Club, 1935 (solo), 1951 (solo), 1955
  • Van Dieman – Lillenfeld Gallery, 1952 (solo)
  • Cape Cod Art Association, 1952 (solo)
  • National Academy of Design
  • Grace Horne Gallery, Boston