Budd Hopkins was born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1931. He graduated from Linsly Military Institute (now Linsly School) in 1949 and Oberlin College in 1953. He first displayed artistic abilities when, as a child recovering from a long-term illness, he began to create sculptures of ships made out of modeling clay. But it wasn't until he arrived at Oberlin that Budd Hopkins made a serious study of art.
He settled in New York after obtaining his degree and has had a residence there ever since. Budd Hopkins and his wife, April Kingsley, and their daughter, Grace, divided their time between their homes in Cape Cod, MA and New York City.
In 1963, Budd Hopkins was selected by the Columbia Broadcasting System as one of the 15 painters featured in the network's first television special on American art. In 1958, Art News picked Budd Hopkins as one of 12 Americans for exhibition in the "Festival of Two Worlds" in Spoleto, Italy.
The artist's brilliance has won him a number of fellowships and awards. In 1972, Budd Hopkins was awarded the Commission Prize by the West Virginia Arts and Humanities Council. In 1976, he received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting and in 1979 he received a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 1982, Budd Hopkins won a special project grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Also, in 1992 this native son of Wheeling, West Virginia was inducted into the Wheeling Hall of Fame.
According to Budd Hopkins, "My paintings and sculptures, at first glance, may appear to be purely aesthetic; closer up, they are not. They hold a feeling of tentativeness, combined with a sense of arrival."
During his career, the artist has won wide acclaim in the field of abstract art. Budd Hopkins has established an international reputation as an artist and sculptor. His work is on display in many of the most prestigious art galleries and museums, not only in the United States, but in Europe as well. Budd Hopkins artwork has been exhibited in England, Finland, Italy and Switzerland.
The artist's work has appeared in many exhibitions across the country and he is represented in many important private and corporate collections around the nation. Budd Hopkins paintings and sculpture have been featured in the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Queens Museum, Public Library of New York and Whitney Museum.
Across the United States, Budd Hopkins' art has been seen in the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum, among others. In addition, Universities and Colleges which have shown Budd Hopkins paintings and sculpture include his alma mater Oberlin, Princeton, Yale, Denison, Drew, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), DePauw, Williams, Brandeis, Middlebury, North Carolina, Michigan State, Reed, Bradford, Connecticut, Alabama, Bennington and the City College of New York.
Recently, Budd Hopkins has been recognized for his research into the matter of UFO's and one of his books, "The Intruders", printed by Random House, was on the New York Times best-seller list and was the basis for a television show on CBS.
Budd Hopkins died on August 21, 2011 in Manhattan, NY.
Wheeling Hall of Fame
Biography from the Archives of AskART.