Zornes first received national recognition for his paintings the early 1930s. He was active in the W.P.A. government sponsored art project and produced more art for this program than any other single artist in America. After 1950, Zornes art grew more abstract, moving away from the traditional watercolorists’ use of detailed pencil drawings. His work is characterized by the application of transparent washes of color to large sheets of paper, allowing the white to show through and define shapes.
Zornes received top awards and acknowledgement from his peers and was honored with membership in major art associations in America including the National Academy of Design and American Watercolor Society. His work has been exhibited in major museums throughout the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D. C. and the Chicago Art Institute.
In addition to painting, Zornes has taught in 26 different states and in more than 230 different American cities, as well as North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Milford Zornes: An American Artist remains on view at the RAM until March 29, 2008.