Clifford McCormick Ulp
(1885-1958) was one of
Rochester's foremost professors of the arts during the first half
of the 20th century.
Clifford Ulp was born in Olean, New York in 1885.
He attended Rochester’s East High
continued his studies at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics
Institute, or what is now known as Rochester
Institute of Technology and graduated in 1908. He also attended the Art Students League
 in New York City on
Some of his more well known teachers included
Charles Woodbury, Emile Gruppe and William Merritt Chase.
After studying at the Art Students League, Ulp returned to
Rochester where he focused his work on illustration and advertising
until 1913 when RIT hired him to teach illustration and drawing. He
continued teaching there for the next 39 years.
During the early years of his RIT career,
Ulp's work could be frequently found in the pages of the Saturday Evening Post
Gentleman magazines. In 1920 he was appointed director of the arts
for what is now known as the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
During this time he introduced the use of
motion pictures in a course called Models in Motion. He helped
bring nature motifs indoors through the use of color slides. He
served as director until his retirement in 1952. 
He was a popular public speaker and
well-known figure in Rochester during the 1920s and early
He served as vice president of the Rochester
Art Club from 1926 to 1927 and later served as president from 1927
He served on the board of managers for the
Rochester Memorial Art Gallery from 1928 to 1952. Although he
worked many late nights at his 3rd floor studio he was still well
known for being a family man. Ulp died in 1958 at the age of
Clifford McCormick Ulp is remembered primarily for his landscape
He is also known for his religious works,
and printmaking. Two styles of
painting that fascinated Ulp were that of fresco and
He enjoyed doing outdoor sketching in
all kinds of weather, and would usually do an outdoor sketch each
day which he would then have his family critique.
- Murray, Justine Ulp. Someday I'll Paint a Good One,
- Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. A
Rochester Retrospective, 1980.
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