Budd Hopkins

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Elliot Budd Hopkins was born in 1931 and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia.[3][4
] He lived with his parents, Elliot T. Hopkins and Eleanor A. Hopkins, brother,
Stewart, and sister, Eleanor.[5] At age two, Hopkins contracted polio.[3] During
the long recovery process, Hopkins developed an interest in drawing [2][3] and
watercolors,[6] which eventually lead him to Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, whe
re he graduated with a bachelor's degree in art history in 1953.[3] It was here,
Hopkins was exposed to art with "a capital A,"[7] and attended a lecture by Rob
ert Motherwell that first introduced him to the "automatic, gestural approach th
at Motherwell espoused."[7]
From Oberlin, Hopkins moved to New York City, where he met Franz Kline, Mark Rot
hko, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and other abstract expressionists.[2][
3][7] For a time, Hopkins studied art history at Columbia University and worked
a low-level job selling tickets at the Museum of Modern Art.[7][8] His experimen
tation with collage techniques and style as an abstract expressionist,[9] won hi
m national acclaim.[4] Hopkins' first solo show was held in New York City in 195
6, the same year he met and married his first wife of thirteen years, Joan Rich.
[7]
In 1976, Hopkins was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for painting[citation neede
d]. He also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts[citation n
eeded]. His articles on art appeared in magazines and journals, and he lectured
at many art schools, including Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.[citatio
n needed] In 1993 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Assoc
iate member and became a full Academician in 1994.[citation needed]
After the publication of Missing Time in 1981,[4] his UFO research began to take
precedence over his art.[2][3] As a self-described humanist,[10] Hopkins saw hi
s work with alleged alien abduction victims as a way to bring attention to an ot
herwise marginalized part of society.[11] His follow up book Intruders: The Incr
edible Visitations at Copley Woods, published in 1987,[12] helped establish Hopk
ins as a prominent leader in the UFO movement.

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