James Roy Hopkins
(American, 1877 - 1969)
Born in Irwin, Ohio, James Hopkins served as Chairman of the Art Department at Ohio State University for 25 years and also served as Dean of the Cincinnati Art Academy for one year. He studied for two years with Frank Duveneck and later enrolled in the Academy Colarossi in Paris.
He traveled around the world in 1904 and then lived in Paris until 1914, when he returned to Ohio and began his teaching at the Art Academy of Cincinnati (1914-1920). He was best known for a series of paintings that he did depicting the residents of the Cumberland Mountain area in Eastern Kentucky.