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Robert Marshall Root: Something More Than Praise

Publication Details

Robert Marshall Root: Something More Than Praise - $30
by Edwin G. Walker
ISBN 978-0-9787441-1-3 • paperback • © 2006
68 pages (8.5” X 11”) • $30.00 plus $2.50 postage

Robert Marshall Root: Something More Than Praise by Edwin G. Walker. (Decatur, IL.: Bronze Man Books, 2004). 68 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, perfect bound. ISBN 978-0-9787441-1-3. $30.00 and $2.50 postage from the publisher at <> or by mail from: Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, 1184 W. Main, Decatur, IL 62522.


In the Spring of 2006, Millikin University organized the largest retrospective exhibition of art by the talented, yet lesser-known, regional artist from Shelbyville, Illinois, Robert Marshall Root (1863-1937). The exhibition and text were formulated to provide a broader perspective of his talent, while revealing his sense of intellectual honesty, his non-conforming belief system and his valiant quest to rise above mediocrity in his artistic expression. Based on new research, Professor Walker includes a bold proclamation in the text that Root was indeed and American Tonalist, unrecognized by the art establishment.

About the Author

Ed Walker is the Chair of the Millikin Art Department and Director of the Birks Museum. He has been the curator for several major exhibits on campus. He strives to coordinate the effort to produce catalogs to accompany installations and utilizes students, alumni, and friends of the university to successfully combine his skills in print design, exhibition design, scholarship and research.

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