WILLIAM WIND McKIM 1916-1995 Born in Independence, Missouri, William Wind McKim can be identified mostly with his paintings of birds and animals, as well as for his printmaking and lithography. McKim began drawing the western landscape and wildlife in his childhood. As a student at the Kansas City Art Institute, his talent caught the attention of professors John DeMartelly and Thomas Hart Benton. He earned immediate acclaim when he was included in the Who's Who in American Art following the 1939exhibition of his first lithograph, "Old Gladiator," at the New York World's Fair Exhibition of Contemporary American Art. After the director of the Kansas City Art Institute invited him in 1945 to reopen the lithography department and teach drawing, McKim honed his skills and went on to become an accomplished lithographer.