Edmonia Lewis – Neo Classical Sculptor and Woman of Color

6/11/18 Born in Greenbush, NY in 1844 Edmonia Lewis became the first professional sculptor of African/Native American and Ojibwe heritage. Her work speaks to emancipation and revolved around aspects of the Civil War and abolitionist movement. Edmonia did not come from an affluent family. In fact she lost both her parents at the age of […]

Harriet Hosmer 19th Century Sculptor

5/28/18 Harriet Hosmer although not widely recognized is considered one the most distinguished American sculptors of the 19th Century. Born in Massachusetts in 1830 she was raised by her father after the age of 12 when her mother and 3 siblings passed away. Harriet was rather tomboyish in nature and was encouraged by her father […]

Fatima Ronquillo A not so “Old Master”

5/10/18 Fatima Ronquillo emigrated to Texas from the Philippines when she was 11. She is a self-taught artist who without awareness, began her training when she entered Junior High School. I came across Ms. Ronquillo’s work on Instagram in a post by the AWA Foundation announcing a group show in Santa Fe, NM which includes […]

Botanical Art – Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

4/11/18 Maria Sibylla Merian had an early interest in insects and grew up around artistic family members. Her biological father was an engraver and publisher by trade. Unfortunately he died when she was quite young but her mother remarried Jacob Marrel who was a still life and flower painter. He subsequently taught and encouraged Maria […]

Anne Vallayer – Coster (1744 – 1818)

3/29/18 Still life painting in the 17th and 18th Century was often done to demonstrate technical skill. The genre on it’s own has a curious and rich history that didn’t always receive acknowledgement or public support. When you add in being a female painter at that time in history, it’s quite remarkable that women persevered […]

Judith Leyster 1609-1660

3/22/18 Judith Leyster a 17th Century painter of genre works, portraits and still life’s who had recognition in this male dominated field by the age of 19. Leyster, a Dutch painter had work that was often found to be attributed to the more famous painter Frans Hals. It’s likely that she studied under him after […]

Marjorie Acker Phillips – Painter / Collector

3/15/18 Marjorie Acker Phillips is perhaps most known as co-founder of the Phillips Collection which is an “intimate museum combined with an experiment station.” Duncan Phillips This collection is located in in Washington, D.C. and was a collaborative effort of both Marjorie and Duncan. I became aware of Acker-Phillips at an exhibit that’s currently open […]