In Memoriam: Robert “Chip” Oliver Ware, Ph.D.

Chip was born March 16, 1948, in Evanston, Illinois, and passed away on October 21, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a photographer, photo historian and a leading authority on the work of the painter Raymond Jonson (American, 1891-1982).

Chip received his BA in Art Studio from Southern Illinois University in 1970 and his BFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 1979, where he studied with Beaumont Newhall, Clinton Adams, Betty Hahn and Tom Barrow. In 1986, he was awarded the Beaumont Newhall Fellowship. In 1989 Chip received an M.A. in the history of photography. Completing his education in 1997, he received a Doctorate in modern art history from the University of New Mexico. A major area of emphasis was the work of photographer Walker Evans. He taught numerous upper-level courses in art history at the University of New Mexico; Columbia College, Chicago; and the Savannah College of Art and Design. He wrote, contributed to, and edited several catalogs and publications, including Nineteenth-Century Photographs in the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Catalog raisonne’ (1990), A Life in Balance: The Art of Conrad House in collaboration with Joyce Szabo (2005), Arsuna: The Culmination of an Ideal, 1937 – 1942 in collaboration with Sharyn R. Udall (2002), and in 2010, To Form From Air, Music and the Art of Raymond Jonson.

As Director of Education and Public Programs (1989-1990), Curator of the Raymond Jonson Gallery (2000-2009), and finally, Curator of the Raymond Jonson Collection (2009-2014), Chip Ware had an enormous impact on undergraduate and graduate students and scholars. He strongly believed in Jonson’s work and the power of abstraction, including its many relationships with poetry and music.

Chip curated many exhibitions in the Jonson Gallery for young artists and artists of New Mexico honoring the vision of Raymond Jonson. Chip also produced the Annual Juried Graduate Exhibitions for many years.

Chip Ware retired from the University of New Mexico in 2014.