A highway marker that honors the late Salem artist Walter Biggs has been approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Biggs was born in Elliston in 1886 and moved with his family to College Street in Salem when he was 12. He attended Virginia Tech briefly, then studied at the New York School of Art, where he was taught by Robert Henri and was a classmate of famous 20th-century artists Edward Hopper and George Bellows. Biggs became an acclaimed illustrator of books and magazines that included Harper’s, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan and others. His work earned the praise of Norman Rockwell.