Stephen Howard Naegle
American Watercolor Artist
Naegle Errata
Dean Shelton was a student under Naegle
at Arkansas Polytechnic College in the
70's.  This is a thumbnail of a work by Dean.
Stephen Naegle Links:
Stephen Howard Naegle, Watercolor Artist, AskArt Website, Bulletin Board
2.  Hurricane Cemetery , Hurricane, Utah, near Toquerville
3.  Index for Naegle Photos by Dorothea Lange, 1953, Online Archives of California
Anyone remember Stephen and Montana's car?  This isn't it.  

1966 AMC Rambler 660 Classic Wagon was actually gold, not yellow and white.  I
played hookie from work one day in Fayetteville Arkansas to help Stephen get it going
again.  The motor refused to run.  We messed with the engine all day, replacing one part at
a time, just trying to figure out why it wouldn't go.  The day wore on, and Stephen and I
ended up on the front steps about 6 PM, no closer to our goal than when we'd started.

Monty stuck her head out the door calling us in for supper.  
Stephen promptly arose and
went inside.
 I was contemplating the dilemma with all my brain power when serendipitously
a thought popped into my head.  Running over to my red '66 Mustang, I popped up the hood
and yanked the coil wire out.  Striding over to the Rambler, a quick switch of the wires, and
plopped down in the driver's seat and hit the key, "Varoom!"
 It was fixed.  About that
moment, looking up, I see Stephen and Monty peering out the front door with gleeful smiles.  
We had a wonderful celebratory meal together, then I went home, with the final payment on
my Naegle watercolor made: one car repair.  

November 1, 2006 email from David Naegle:  The painting Mueller Park is the one Steve
painted from a photo.  Stephen did the painting in trade.  It is unsigned.
Capital Idea, an ATU
Stephen Naegle
Memorial Art Scholarship
To my knowledge one doesn't
The Naegle Tape Mystery.  What is it?  Why is it all
broken?  Knife looks scary.  I give up.  Okay, this
tape is 34 years old.  It is a recording of Stephen
Naegle doing a watercolor demonstration in 1971.  
The leader and magnetic tape are connected with a
piece of tape, which died and lost contact.  From my
8 Track days and a few casette repairs, I was able to
recover it, and make duplicate recordings on new
tape, now to get it over onto a CD.  Can any of you
do that?  I need help.
From: bdickey []
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 1:53 PM
To: Greg Hatch
Utah Artists Project submission - Stephen Naegle

Hello, As a former student of Stephen Naegle I'm shocked that his name is not included on this
project.  I'm also saddened that it's probably due to the fact he was killed in an auto crash in 1981.  
Please be advised of one of Utah's Native Son's Mr. Stephen Howard Naegle.

Please visit my pages which are in memory of this great Utah Artist.  You will find two works of special
interest Southern Utah Vista One and Southern Utah Vista Two, plus a small image of Southern Butte.  
To me they are wonderful paintings, but he was much more powerful in his watercolor paintings such
as The Mill or Wash Day in Albuquerque.  

I would be happy to donate a copy of the book Masters of Western Art to a permanent art
reference collection at the UofU Marriott Library should one exist.  
This provides a good basis to
get to know Mr. Naegle.
 Stephen was a member of the American Watercolor Society.  He taught on
the college level in Russellville Arkanasas and also in Casper Wyoming.

Best Regards, Bruce Dickey         


Hi, Bruce.

Thank you for contacting us!

The Utah Artists Project website has been put on hold
while we make improvements to the
search capabilities and textual content. As we get back into production mode this fall, we're completing
the files for the 200 artists originally selected for the site.

After that,
we will reconvene our advisory board to select a new set of artists to include in
the project.
It may be as soon as this winter or later. I have set aside your email (and a print out of
the page you linked to) for consideration at that time.

In order to assist us with the selection process, please make sure we have all pertinent contact
information for you and the artists' estate (name, address, phone, email). Any biographical information
on the artist you can provide would be helpful as well. This would include: birth date, date of death,
hometown(s), education/degrees/jobs, medium(s) and genre(s) of art, exhibitions, awards/honors,
publications, and anything else unique you'd like us to know about.

Thank you for your interest in the Utah Artists Project.


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Greg Hatch
Interim Head, Fine Arts
Marriott Library
University of Utah
ph: 801-585-5599
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Utah Artist's Project Link, click here!
Remembering a great artist and friend
A rose by any other name...  would smell as sweet.
How do you say "Naegle?"
I was on the phone with Mary and got tickled as she pronounced Stephen's
name.  Then she did it again as our conversation progressed.  Then I
pronounced it my way again, while apologizing for how I said it.  Later I
contacted David Naegle and discussed the proper pronunciation of his
name.  Stephen never corrected me.  Naegle according to Mary and David
is pronounced Nay Glee.  For thirty-six years I've pronounced it Nay Gull,
and I might just continue doing it, out of habit of course.
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Stephen Howard Naegle, American Watercolor Artist
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Stephen Howard Naegle, American Watercolor Artist Stephen Naegle was born in Toquerville, Utah
in 1938. He attended Southern Utah University but later graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts
Degree and Master's of Fine Arts Degree in 1968 and 1969, respectively, from Utah State
University. He taught art, drawing, ceramics and sculpture at Arkansas Polytechnic College and
Casper College.Mr. Naegle created possibly thousands of watercolors in his short 42 years, as well
as a number of major oil paintings.

A former student of Mr. Naegle decided to create a website documenting his life's work beginning in
2004. Three hundred and nine art works are now documented on this website, [1]. The site
contains biographical information, a catalogue of works, photographs of many of his paintings, and
a few short stories of his life. This is an educational, not-for-profit website. A work in progress,
additional works are sought to broaden the depth of the artist's work.

Publications containing information regarding Mr. Naegle are: 1.) Masters of Western Art, Mary
Carroll Nelson, Watson/Guptill Publications, New York, 1981. 2.) Stephen Naegle, a booklet,
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming, 1988. 3.) Plant Forms and Weathered Buildings in
Watercolor, Master's Thesis on Microfilm, Stephen H. Naegle, Utah State University, Merril-Cazier
Library, 1969.

Bruce Dickey 04:05, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Retrieved from
Stephen Naegle on Wikipedia, December 17, 2006

Okay, just for fun I wrote a short article on Stephen and posted it on
the online encyclopedia called Wikipedia.  It took a while but they
finally released it onto the site.
Navigation Links, Naegle Works Catalogue
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34
35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51
52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66
Joseph A Mugnaini had an effect on Stephen Naegle.  
Naegle quoted Mugnaini in my drawing class in Arkansas.  Here
is the quote Stephen shared with us back in the early seventies.
Art does not advance.  It does not go through a process of evolution and "improve" with the progress of a
civilization.  The drawings of Cro-Magnon man were as sensitive and as complete as any drawings done
today, and this art was produced long before an established culture or even a written language.  The artist
must develop in spite of all his formal training.  Philosophy and religion can decay in ritualism.  So can art.

Once an artist has acquired the knowledge and skill of draftsmanship,
he must free himself from his own
 He must confront himself and depend on his own judgement.  If he has acquired wisdom with his
experience, he may, perhaps, realize that art generates freely from his own individuality.  If he breaks with
tradition he does so because of necessity, not for the sake of being different.  He must now attempt to
communicate that which is
inexpressible while reaching for a goal that is unattainable.  A work of art is
the product of a struggle.

At a certain period of an artist's development, his experience, knowledge, and skill can be merged by a
strange catalyst called talent
into the production of a work of art.

To some, art is merely the literal interpretation of a physical world.  To others, it is the extraction of form.  
There are still others to whom art is the materialization of imaginary forms.  An artist may work in a
non-objective or a figurative manner.  It is his personal attitude and application that distinguishes his work.  It
is this uniqueness, an extension of his own individuality, that creates his style.

Joseph A. Mugnaini

Drawing: A Search for Form, Joseph Mugnaini and Janice Lovoos. 1965, Reinhold Publishing Corporation