Fred R. Kline, Vice-President

Fred R. Kline is an art historian, writer, poet, sculptor, teacher, private art dealer and public gallerist from 1980 to 2017 in Santa Fe, NM, and additionally in San Antonio, Texas, during the 1980s. He is known for his discoveries of lost art, including paintings, drawings and sculpture by Old Masters as well as 19th and 20th-century American and European artists. He is a specialist in the work of George Caleb Bingham, founding and directing the George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonné Supplement since 2005. Many of his discoveries have been acquired by prominent museum, corporate and private collections around the world.  During the 1970s, he was a writer on the editorial staff of National Geographic Magazine and from 1968-1980 taught English and Creative Writing at various institutions, concluding his academic career at Cornell University where he was also Associate Director, University Relations.  He is the author of Leonardo’s Holy Child: The Discovery of a Leonardo da Vinci Masterpiece— A Connoisseur’s Search for Lost Art in America, published in 2016 by Pegasus Books, New York & London.  He is a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association.  Fred received his B.A. & M.A. in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.










Fred R. Kline


7 Avenida Vista Grande,Suite B-7  Santa Fe, NM, 87508 

Mobile: 505-470-05-55




Revised May 25, 2017

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Art Business


Until 2006, Co-Director, with his late wife Jann Kline, of  Fred R. Kline Gallery & Kline Art Research Associates, established 1979-80 in Santa Fe [see].  Originally private dealers, their gallery and art research library were open to the public from 1997 to 2006 in Santa Fe at 129 West San Francisco Street, a block from the Plaza.   In 2006 the Klines again went private and now see clients by appointment only at 7th Heaven Ranch in the Pecos River Valley, a short scenic drive from Santa Fe, where they have also established the 7th Heaven Ranch Nature Preserve and the Kline Art Research Library.  

The gallery buys, sells, and exhibits important fine art from the 16th to 20th centuries, and over the years also held many exhibitions of contemporary Santa Fe artists.  The mission of the research arm, and Fred Kline’s specialty, is the discovery and development of lost or unnoticed art—seeking to give a name to art without a name and to add works of quality to the archives of art history. [see ].   In this pursuit, Kline has found notable success.  

Fred R. Kline Gallery has placed many rare and beautiful works worldwide.  The gallery concentrates on paintings, drawings, and sculpture in the fields of 15th -18th century Old Masters, 19th & early 20th century American and European art, and 16-20th century Spanish  Colonial and Mexican works of art.  Museums, public institutions, and corporations which have acquired works of art from Fred R. Kline Gallery include: J. Paul Getty Museum; Pierpont Morgan Library; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Clark Art Institute; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Kansas City Art Institute; Eiteljorg Museum; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame; El Paso Museum of Art; Southwest Museum of Art, Midland; Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe; Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven; Leeds Museum, Leeds, England; Torch Energy Advisors, Houston; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe; Harwood Museum, Taos; Davis Museum, Wellesley College; Gulf Canada, Calgary; Houston Oil Producing Enterprises; Roswell Museum; Santa Fe Art Institute; Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.  Many noted private collections are also numbered among the clients of Fred R. Kline Gallery.

Santa Fe Gallery Association (Founding Member 1980).

George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonne


Editorand Director since 2005 of the George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonne Supplement of Paintings and Drawings.[ ], building upon and continuing the work of the great Bingham scholar E. Maurice Bloch (1916-1989) and his Catalogues Raisonnes of Bingham’s paintings and drawings.  To date (May 2017), twenty-eight (28) paintings by Bingham have been added to the Catalogue Raisonne and join the body of Bloch’s established works.   

Founded in 2005 by Kline Art Research Associates and now sponsored by The Riverbank Foundation (a 501-C3 non-profit foundation), the Bingham Catalogue Raisonne project is the first online catalogue raisonne of a major American or European artist and the first catalogue raisonne to offer freely accessible online access to its ongoing research.

Academic Studies, Teaching & Academia



 B.A. (English) / M.A. (Creative Writing), San Francisco State University, 1967/ 1968. 

Courses of Study in Philosophy & Humanities: University of Texas/ Austin, Trinity University/San Antonio, University of the Americas/Mexico City, University of California/Berkeley.

Teaching & Academia

Public School: Bryant Middle School, Dos Palos, CA, 8th Grade English teacher, 1968-69.  

College: Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH, English and Creative Writing Instructor, 1969-72. 

University: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Special Assistant to President Frank Rhodes/Associate Director of University Relations/English Instructor/ Contributing Writer Cornell Alumni Magazine, 1979-80.

Board of Visitors, College of Santa Fe (2002-2006)


Selected Publications & Works in Progress

Four books of poems—49 Poems (Austin, 1964), I, Dodo (San Francisco, 1968), Crazy Love (Columbus, 1970), Birthsongs (Washington, 1972).  Notable recognition from Conrad Aiken, Norman O. Brown, Jerzy Kosinski, Peter Matthiessen, Josephine Jacobson, and others. 

National Geographic Magazine, Editorial Staff Writer, Washington, DC, 1972-77.   National Geographic Magazine articles include “Baltimore” (Feb.1975), “Library of Congress ”(Nov.1975), “San Antonio”(Apr.1976).  Traveled  arctic regions Alaska and Baffin Island on assignments. Co-authored book, Alaska, High Roads to Adventure ( 1976, National Geographic Books).  Explored areas of Baffin Island including: Auyuittuq National Park (northernmost National Park in North America), Penny Icecap, Cumberland Sound, and mounted 1976 Pagnirtung Pass Expedition from Broughton Island on Davis Strait to Pangnirtung on Cumberland Sound (“Across The High Arctic ”, Apr. 22, 1979, The Washington Post Magazine).

 A selection of Kline’s art discoveries were described  in his essay:  “You Never Know: An Ongoing Search for Lost Art in America” (ART & ANTIQUES, Feb.1989).  In July 1989, an article in ESQUIRE magazine featured Kline and his art investment activities.  An April 2, 2002 New York Times feature “An Art Explorer Finds the Real Creators of  Works” further documented some of Kline’s art research and discoveries.

Published Spring 2016 by Pegasus Books, New York & London: "Leonardo's Holy Child ~ The Discovery of a Masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci : A Connoisseur's Search for Lost Art in America" .

Art Awards

Poems: Recorded Birthsongs and selections from I, Dodo and Crazy Love at Library of Congress in 1975 at the invitation of  U. S. Poet Laureate Josephine Jacobson.

Sculpture: Public sculpture site Temple of the Hills (Santa Fe, NM) selected for recognition and publication in annual national awards for public sculpture in 1995 ART IN AMERICA ANNUAL.   

Sculpture: Temple of the Hills chosen for inclusion in the Smithsonian United States Outdoor Sculpture Survey, 1997.

Art History: Consultants in Historic Texas Paintings (Fred & Jann Kline) by invitation of the Curator of the Texas State Capitol, Austin, mid-1980s.  Organized and co-curated several notable loan exhibitions of 19th & early 20th century Texas paintings, stimulating collecting of early Texas art and development of Texas art history.  Fred Kline also wrote a widely reprinted and influential essay, “Collecting Artists of Texas—A Surprising State of the Arts” (first published in Antiques West, 1993, and republished elsewhere). 


Early Geography

Born 1939 in Hagerstown, Maryland; early childhood during WWII in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Former hometown from 1947: San Antonio, Texas; Thomas Jefferson High School (class of ’57). 


Fred & Jann Kline (1945-2011) were married for 28 years; Jann died on October 21, 2011. Their combined family consisted of five children: Fred's children, Aren and Dia Kline; and Jann's children: Jarrett, Mitchell, and Tara Sasser, and always a few great dogs.  His first marriage in 1964 to Susan L. Kline ended in divorce in 1982.       

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