About the Artist
Warren Stichtenoth was involved in the world of art most of his life. He was a noted artist in his native Cincinnati for his sensitive portraits of Cincinnati itself. His work depicts not only the present, but a reverent recall of the past. Much of Cincinnati's rich history was revisited through Mr. Stichtenoth's brushes.
Versatile in subject matter and media, Mr. Stichtenoth worked in a number of styles and techniques. His extensive work with civic and business groups helped support a wide variety of community projects and continually challenged his creativity.
Mr. Stichtenoth had many one-man shows throughout the Midwest, beginning with one held aboard the Steamboat Delta Queen depicting life on a riverboat. Mr. Stichtenoth was also commissioned by the State of Kentucky to do a one-man show portraying his interpretation of the Blue Grass State for a series of national exhibitions. His work can be found in a number of museums and in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Mr. Stichtenoth became interested in steamboats when he designed a travel agency poster for Greene Line Steamers in 1963. He was later commissioned to paint scenes from the Delta Queen while on a week-long cruise. He painted one scene aboard the boat each day, often drawing a crowd of people from among the other passengers to watch him paint. He also took many photos that were used to later create other painting and drawings in his studio.
The one-man art show, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Greene Line Steamers, was held in March, 1965 aboard the Delta Queen immediately preceding the Queen's first cruise of the season to New Orleans. Mr. Stichtenoth also designed the 1965 calendar for Greene Line Steamers that included historic photographs of the early steamers up to the time of the Delta Queen.
Click here for a complete biography of the artist, including a dedication to his life as a soldier and an artist during the Italian Campaign in World War II.
Warren Stichtenoth passed away Nov. 26, 2005. Read the Cincinnati Enquirer article about his life: click here.
Many thanks to Craig Stichtenoth, Warren Stichtenoth's son, for contributing the photos and information for this exhibit.