The Stone City Art Colony and School 1932-1933
Norman Charles Meier

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Norman Charles Meier (1893-1967) - visitor

Meier attended both the 1932 and 1993 Stone City Art Colony sessions and was possibly involved in recruitment efforts to secure Grant Wood’s appointment to the University of Iowa’s art department. Meier specialized in the psychology of art and art education methods. While a graduate student, he joined the University of Iowa’s faculty in 1922 as an assistant in the psychology department, becoming an instructor in 1923. Meier remained in the department for many years, ultimately becoming a full professor in 1954 and retired from the university in 1967.

Meier received his Bachelor’s in philosophy (1921) and a Master’s degree (1921) from the University of Chicago. He was awarded his doctorate in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1926 and published numerous books and articles in the field of art psychology including:

Banks, S., Meier, N. C.; Burke, C. J. (1948). Laboratory tests of sampling techniques: comment and rejoinders. Public Opinion Quarterly, 12 : 316-324.

Haner, C. F.; Meier, N. C. (1951). The adaptability of area-probability sampling to public opinion measurement. Public Opinion Quarterly, 15 : 335-352.

Meier, N.C. (1926). Aesthetic judgment as a measure of art talent. Iowa City [IA]: University of Iowa.

Meier, N.C. (1942). Art in human affairs: an introduction to the psychology of art. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Meier, N.C. (1939). Factors in artistic aptitude: final summary of a ten-year study of a special ability. [S.l.]: [s.n.].

Meier, N. C. (1950).  Instrument measurement of audience reactions. American Psychologist, 5 : 317-318.

Meier, N.C. (1947). Laboratory tests of opinion sampling techniques. American Psychologist, 2 : 426.

Meier, N. C. (1950). The Meier Audience-Response Recorder. American Journal of Psychology, 63 : 87-90.

Meier, N.C. (1929). The Meier-Seashore art judgment test, developed in the art-psychology laboratory of the University of Iowa by Norman Charles Meier, PhD. Iowa City: Bureau of Educational Research and Service, University of Iowa.

Meier, N. C. (1949). Polls and the 1948 election--in retrospect. International Journal of Opinion & Attitude Research, 3 : 13-22.

Meier, N.C. (1965). Special ability: creative processes of artists. [S.l.]: [s.n.]

Meier, N.C. (1933-1939). Studies in the psychology of art. Princeton, NJ: American Psychological Association.

Meier, N. C., and Haner, C. (1949). Is the probability (area) sampling methodology superior to the quota methodology for public opinion measurement? American Psychologist, 4 : 254.

Meier, N. C., and Saunders, H. W., Eds. (1949). The polls and public opinion. Oxford, England Henry Holt & Co.


Norman Charles Meier - From the large group photo of The 1932 Stone City Art Colony and School found on the Artists: 1932 page.

Norman Charles Meier - From the large group photo of The 1932 Stone City Art Colony and School found on the Artists: 1932 page.


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