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Ralph Arnold Ralph Arnold

In Memory of Ralph Arnold

Ralph Arnold was born in Chicago on December 5, 1928. He was raised in Tennessee and suburban Chicago. After high school, Ralph joined the US Army and served in Korea. He received an honorable discharge in 1953 and went on to attend the University of Illinois and Roosevelt University. He received his Masters degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976.

After college, Ralph taught at numerous colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. He was chair of the fine arts department at Loyola University Chicago and an acclaimed lecturer in both Contemporary American Art History and Studio Art. Mr. Arnold was appointed seven consecutive 4-year terms by the Governor of the State of Illinois to the State Arts Council and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Illinois Arts Alliance.

Ralph was a tireless supporter of the arts in Chicago, and an accomplished artist whose work can be found in private and public collections throughout the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Cornell University, Fisk University, and the Cranert Art Museum.

Ralph passed away on May 10, 2006. He was an inspiration to artists everywhere, and he will be deeply missed by the Foundation. The Pauls Foundation honors the memory of Ralph Arnold through a scholarship at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.


In Memory of William Nicholas Frederick

Bill Frederick was born on Dec. 18, 1921, in the farming community of Sycamore, Illinois. As a young boy, Bill attended class in a one-room schoolhouse. In 1942, Bill enlisting in the US Navy and was stationed in Boston where he, as he described it, "fought the Battle of the Charles River Basin." While living in Boston, Bill attended Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his Aeronautical Engineering degree. This background undoubtedly is responsible for the inventive structural form displayed in some of his designs. When he was separated from the Navy in 1946, Bill pursued his BFA and MFA degrees in Art from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, where he subsequently taught for six years. Bill was a board member of The Pauls Foundation and was a member of the Arts Club of Chicago.

Among many diverse projects, liturgical and otherwise, some 400 or more chalices are singularly creative as he never repeated a design. Consistent and distinctive in his designs is the use of the hammered surface. This surface is unique to each craftsman. Bill preferred the textured instead of the smooth, polished surface; it appeared in most of this works. His long career was sustained by word of mouth, reception of many awards and articles in trade publications. Notable was the support afforded by his life partner of more than 50 years, the noted artist Ralph Arnold, who preceded him in death. Bill's creative importance is recognized by many clients, collectors, colleagues, and friends. His work is in several museums including the Art Institute of Chicago.


In Memory of Paul Mavros

Paul S. Mavros Paul Mavros, the founding Chairman of the Pauls Foundation, was born in 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. Paul worked in reinsurance, rising to Senior Executive Vice-President of the E.W. Blanch Company. With his passion for the fine arts, Paul founded the Pauls Foundation to support the performing art community in Chicago and around the country. Paul was married to his long-time partner David Valkema and enjoyed time with friends in Chicago, Long Beach, Indiana and Isle of Man. Paul passed on October 11, 2017, but is forever in our hearts.


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