Sudduth Goff (1897-1965)

Sudduth Goff
Mrs. Lowell F. Kennett

pastel on paper
signed, l.l.
dated '25, l.l.
17 x 14 inches (sight)
26 x 22 3/4 inches (frame)
shown at The Louisville Art Association Exhibition of The Work of Louisville Artists at the Louisville Free Public Library November 30 thru December 13, 1925


Goff, a native of Eminence, Ky., was, after Patty Thum, one of the most influential figures in regional art history. In the years after the First World War, Goff and printmaker A.J. Van Leshout started the Louisville School of Art. Then Goff founded the Louisville School of Painting and Drawing, with Eugene Field and Gladys Wyatt as instructor/pupils. In 1927 he sold the school to the Louisville Conservatory of Music and moved his studio to Chicago. Goff colleagues John Bauscher and Paul Plaschke founded another school, the Louisville Art Academy.

Goff was a nationally known portrait painter. He had careers in Chicago and in New York and exhibited his work in shows in Chicago, Cincinnati and Boston from the teens through the 1940s. He had a one-man exhibition in Louisville, at the Speed Art Museum, in 1937.

He studied at Transylvania University; the Cincinnati Art Academy under L.H. Meakin, Vincent Nowottny and Herman Wessel; and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, under Frank Weston Benson and Philip Leslie Hale.

Upon retirement in 1963 Sudduth Goff returned to Kentucky, living in Lexington.

Goff landscapes do occasionally turn up, but they appear to be limited to Massachusetts seascapes.

Beatrice Smith Kennett (1898-1991), an Indiana native, was the wife of Lowell F. Kennett, a major figure in the Christian Science church in Louisville.