George Jo Mess
An Indiana etcher, painter and teacher, George Joseph Mess studied art at Columbia University, the John Herron Art School, the Modern School of Design, Chicago, and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. He also received scholarships for further studies at the Louis Tiffany Foundation in New York City. Along with his brother, Gordon, an Indiana landscape painter, Mess founded the Circle Art Company in downtown Indianapolis in 1927 and taught there until 1932. In 1937, Mess moved to Chicago and worked as a commercial artist on the staff of both Esquire and Coronet until he returned to Indianapolis in 1940 where he taught at both the John Herron Art School and the Indianapolis Art League. In 1949, Mess became professor of art at Indiana University. Mess exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Chicago Art Institute, as well as at international expositions in Paris, Rome and Stockholm.