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Cuchara has had a few notable residents over the years, and one of them was the acclaimed Mid-American artist, Clayton Staples. Known for his landscape paintings, Staples was a lifelong artist and respected university professor. He was also an instrumental part of the Cuchara community for more than a decade. As a professor Clayton was highly influential in developing the arts program at Wichita State. Under his direction the college launched the first advanced art degree, or MFA, offered in the state of Kansas, and one of the first ten such degrees to be offered in the country. After he retired in 1950, Clayton and his wife Esther lived in the cabin that you see in front of you, which is known as Watters Cabin. Clayton and Esther's house has been well-preserved and if you look carefully at the stream running to the right of the property you might be able to see a little stone foot bridge that Clayton built. Good teacher, that he was, Staples also brought a group of his students from Kansas to help build his studio. During their eleven years in this community, Clayton taught painting to many of the village residents. His summer art classes were conducted across the street in what used to be a barn and art studio. Today that building is known by residents as the Burkes Cabin. Don't miss the Chapel and Community Center to see carvings by this renowned artist.