Higgins was born in Shelbyville, Indianapolis, on June 28, 1884.
He moved to Chicago in 1899.
William Victor Higgins studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1899.
In 1908 he traveled to New York.
He went to California in 1910, then returned to New York.
Later in 1910 Victor Higgins traveled to Paris and Munich to study art.
He returned to America in 1912.
In 1913, he returned to Chicago.
From 1910 to 1914 Victor Higgins studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumier in Paris.
In 1914, Higgins went to Taos to paint landscapes on commission.
In 1915 he was elected into the Taos Society of Artists.
In 1918 he won the First Logan Prize at the Art Institute of Chicago
and the First Altman Prize at the National Academy of Design, New York for his work "Fiesta Day".
From 1917-1923 he was a teacher at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
In 1919, Higgins made murals for the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri.
He was elected to the National Academy in 1921.
Victor Higgins exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art's second exhibition in 1929.
In 1935 Higgins was elected as an Academician of the National Academy of Design.
He died in Taos, New Mexico, Aug. 23, 1949.
Victor Higgins Art Works include:
"A Shrine to St. Anthony"
"At the River's Edge"
"Baking Bread, Taos"
"Floral Still Life"
"Four Shawled Women"
"House on the Hill"
"Indian at Stream"
"Juanito, the Suspicious Cat"
"Moorland Gorse and Bracken"
"Mountain Landscape, NM"
"New Mexico Sky"
"On the Quay"
"Pablita's Gate" or "Sisters"
"Pink and Black"
"Pueblo of Taos"
"Taos from the Hillside"
"Taos in Winter"
"Taos, New Mexico"
"Taos Street in Winter"
"The Blue Shawl"
"Valley Town: View of Pueblo Town"
"Walking Rain (Pablita Passes)"
"Women of Taos"
Victor Higgins Museum Collections include:
Art Institute of Chicago
Butler Institute of American Art
Chicago Union League Club
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Dallas Museum of Art
Denver Art Museum
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians-Western Art
Harmsen Western Art Collection
Jonson Gallery of University of New Mexico
Museum of The Southwest
New Mexico Museum of Art
New Jersey State Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Phoenix Art Museum
Richmond Art Museum
Rockford Art Museum
Sangre De Cristo Arts Center
Snite Museum of Art
Stark Museum of Art
Santa Fe Railway
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
The Harwood Museum of Art
The University of Michigan Museum of Art
Union League Club of Chicago
William Foxley Collection-Western
Victor Higgins Awards include:
The Gold medal of the Palette and Chisel Club of Chicago (1914)
The Chicago Municipal Art League Prize (1915)
The first Logan Medal of the Chicago Art Institute (1918)
The first Altman prizes at the National Academy of Design (1918, 1927, 1932)
Academician of the National Academy of Design in New York in 1935
Trustee of the Harwood Foundation in Taos.