Joseph Jicha collection

Summary Information

Repository: Ingalls Library and Museum Archives
Creator - Author: Jicha, Joseph W., 1901-1960
Title: Joseph Jicha Collection
ID: 1111.158
Date: 1920s-1940s
Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet
Language: English

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Joseph Jicha, 1950
Joseph Jicha, 1950

Biographical Note

Joseph Jicha spent his career as a commercial artist, but his fine art consisted primarily of watercolors. Born in Austria-Hungary in 1901, his family emigrated to the United States when he was an infant. Settling in Cleveland, Jicha graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and worked for several design firms over the course of his career. He was an early member of the Kokoon Arts Club. His Kokoon membership application is part of the museum archives' Kokoon Club collection. He was also a member of the Cleveland Society of Artists.

A longstanding May Show contributor, Jicha exhibited watercolors, drawings, and illustrations from 1928 to 1956. He won several third prizes and honorable mentions for his work. He also won acclaim and prizes from the Chicago Art Institute, Butler Art Museum, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Much of his inspiration came from trips to Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. He also exhibited at Cleveland's Korner & Wood Gallery and the Little Gallery of Cleveland College. His 1940 watercolor, "Atlantic Low" is in the permanent collection of the museum. Jicha passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59 in 1960.

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Scope and Contents Note

This small collection contains records of the artistic output of Joseph Jicha. His handwritten index cards document the exhibition and sale of his watercolors at various venues throughout the midwest. The prices at which he offered the works for sale are included, as well as on the labels and tags, including those for the May Show. A small group of black and white photographs completes the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Ingalls Library and Museum Archives

11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH, 44106

Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Art -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
  • Art, American -- Ohio -- 20th century.
  • Artists -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
  • Graphic arts -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
  • Watercolor painting, American--20th century

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Collection Inventory


Index of artworks 1920s-1940s 


Labels and tags for works of art submited to exhibitions 1920s-1940s 


Loose scrapbook material undated 


Photographs of artworks undated 


 Joseph W. Jicha, 1901-1960 Scrapbook 1920s-1940s