Edmund Alexander Huppert was born near Alton,
Illinois, November 22, 1863, but was reared to manhood in St. Louis,
Mo. He went to the public schools there and then to Washington
University, after which his parents decided to give him an art
education, as he had shown artistic talent ever since childhood.
A course at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts was followed by a three
years' stay in Europe, where he worked early and late under the
tutelage of masters. He studied for a while in Royal Academy at
Munich, but soon entered the Julian Academy in Paris, where he sat
under the teachings of Lefebvre and Boulanger. After some months
spent in travel, he returned to St. Louis in 1887, and in 1889 came to
Kansas City, where he established the Kansas City School of Fine Arts,
with only energy and talent for capital. He has made the venture
a success, and the school now ranks with the best in the country.
Professor Huppert was appointed supervisor of
drawings in the public schools in 1902, a position that does not
interfere with his own school work. His canvases are in many
galleries of not throughout the country, and hang in many public
buildings, notably the Missouri State University.
He married Miss Jessie Withers in 1891. He is a Woodman,
and a charter member of the Knife and Fork Club.