Grace Martin Taylor (Estate)

BIOGRAPHY

1903 - 1995


Painter, Printmaker, Educator


born: Morgantown, West Virginia


 


Studied:


University of West Virginia, A.B. in English and Journalism, 1928; M.A. Master's Degree in Fine Arts, 1949


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, PA  1922 - 1923, 1923 - 1924; graduate study (studied with Henry McCarter, Daniel Garber, Arthur B. Carles)


Blanche Lazzell, WV 1925 - 1934


Blanche Lazzell, Provincetown, MA, intervals 1929 - 1954


Fritz Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer School of Art, Provincetown, MA  1930


Carnegie Institute of Technology, PA  1937 (studied with Roy Hilton)


William and Natalie Grauer, Old White Artists Colony, The Greenbrier, WV  summers: 1938 - 1941


Naomi Hosterman (portrait artist ), WV  1941


Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art, Provincetown, MA, summers 1942 - 1957


Art Institute of Chicago, IL  1947 (studied with Paul Weighart)


Emil Bisttram School of Art, Taos, NM  1942


Akron Art Institute 1951, 1952 (studied with Raphael Gleitsman)


Ohio University  1957, 1958, 1959 (studied with Will Barnett and Rudy Pozzatti


Art Students League, NY  1960 (studied with Arnold Blanche)


Davidson School of Modern Painting, NY and Provincetown, MA. summers 1961 - 1972


Design Workshop,  NY (with Ralph Pearson, author, etcher)


Cleveland College, OH. Summer session


Hugh Breckenridge


 


Guest of Sheldon Cheney (author, The Story of Modern Art, 1958), to tour of Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, National Academy of Design, and various NY artists studios.  1945


 


Additional Studies:


of great masters and their works through tours of European galleries; Rome, Florence, Paris, Brussels, Munich, Salzburg. Frequent visits to all major galleries and museums in United States


 


Consultants and Confidantes 1950 - 1975:


Marit Jenson


John D. Clarkson, West Virginia University


Katherine Burnside, artist, Parkersburg, WV, and Provincetown, MA


Winslow Anderson, glass designer, Blenko Glass, Milton, WV


Toni La Salle


 


Solo Exhibitions:


1930's Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston, WV (color woodcuts)


1940 Richmond Professional Institute, College of William & Mary


1940 &1945 The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV


1945 Ohio University, Athens, OH, (40 color woodcuts, monotypes, watercolors)


1956 West Virginia University


1957 Laskin Gallery, Charleston, WV


1958 West Virginia University. Artist of the Year


1958 Morris Harvey College


1967 Morgantown Art Association, WVU Medical Center


1967 Lively Import Gallery, Charleston, WV


1974 West Virginia Capitol Complex, WV


1974 Morris Harvey College


1974 West Virginia University, Creative Arts Center


1980 West Virginia State Museum   


1991 West Virginia State Museum


1991 University of Charleston, Charleston, WV


1996 West Virginia University


1997 Wheat First Butcher Singer 


1998 Women’s Club of Charleston


1998 – 2001 Robert C. Byrd Federal Building 


1999 West Virginia State Museum


2000 National Museum of Women and the Arts, DC


2000 Museum in the Community


2001 Monongalia Art Center, Morgantown, WV


2001 The Orange Chicken Gallery, NY


2002, 2006 The Art Store, Charleston, WV


2006 University of Charleston, WV


2007 Acme Fine Arts Boston, MA


 


Group Exhibitions: (in alphabetical order)


 


Acme Fine Art, Boston, MA 2006, 2005, 2002


Allied Artists of West Virginia Annuals, WV. 1931, 1933, 1934, 1942; Oil, Still Life with Skull, 1944; Color Woodcut Counterpoint, 1945;  1947-1949, 1954, 1955, 1957-1959, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1981


American Color Print Society.  1940; Composition No.2 and Composition  No. 1,1942;  Sand Dune, Cape Cod, 1943,and continued exhibiting through 1979


American Federation of Arts Traveling Exhibitions


American Watercolor Society, NY. 1958, 1959


Baltimore Museum of Art, MD


Boston Art Club, MA  1930, 1947


Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA. FROM PARIS TO PROVINCETOWN: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, 2002.  Color Woodcuts: Composition No. 1, 1930 or 1939; Nudes, 1931; Charleston Cottages, 1932; Sails and Gulls, 1932


Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY


Cahoon Museum of American Art, STRIKING THE RIGHT NOTES: MUSIC IN AMERICAN ART, 20052005


The Century Association, NY. 1988. Exhibited eleven Provincetown color woodcuts and one


woodblock: (dated 1920, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1938, 1940, 1943-46, 1948-50)


Charleston Art Gallery, WV. Color Woodcut,  Pink Torso, 1960; 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1975


Cleveland Museum of Art , OH. Four Color Woodcuts, 2002


Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC. Color Woodcut , Pink Torso, 1940,


Creative Arts Festival, Charleston, WV. 1962-1964, 1967, 1969, 1972


Denver Art Museum. 1960


East Coast Gallery. 1968, 1970


Elvhjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin - Madison. Four Color Woodcuts, 2002


Fine Arts Center, Parkersburg, WV. 1946


Gallery 4, H.T. Hall Company, WV. 1980


Huntington Galleries, WV. Exhibition 80, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1960-1962; Exhibition 180. 1963-1965, 1969


Huntington Museum of Art, WV, 2000


University of Houston, Judy Robinson Gallery, TX 1994


Kanawha County Library. Color Woodcuts: Lily, Lotus, West Virginia Factories,, 1935


Los Angles Museum of Art, CA


Marshall University, WV


Maryland Art Institute


Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY


Mint Museum of Art, KY


Morris Harvey College. Color Woodcut, Pink Torso, 1958; 1960, 1962-1964, 1966, 1968


Museum in the Community, Hurricane, WV  2000


Group Exhibitions - continued


National Academy of Design, NY.  Color Woodcut, Pink Torso, 1940; 1944, Color Woodcut, Pink Torso,1948; 1958, 1959


GMT


National Council of Jewish Women, Art Exhibition, Charleston Civic Center.. 1965


National Gallery Of Art,  DC


National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC


New York Century Club, 1988,


Norfolk Art Museum, VA. 1965


Old White Art Colony, WV. 1941


Old White Art Gallery, WV. Modern Color prints, 1940


Oakland Art Gallery, CA. 1939


Ohio University, OH.  Color Woodcut, Pink Torso,1940; 1945Ohio Valley Watercolor Association


Oliphant and Company Fine Art and Antiques, New York, NY  1982


Parkersburg Art Center, WV. 1975, 1977


Philadelphia Print Club, PA. 1930's, 1943 Block print, Sand Dunes, Cape Cod


Provincetown Art Association, MA. 1930, 1932, 1940, 1968, 1978, 1980, 2005


Rayburn Building, DC. 1968


R. H. Macy's & Co., NY, 1931. Block Print, Nudes


Rhododendron Outdoors Arts & Crafts Festival, WV. 1970, 1971, 1974-1976, 1978, 1979, 1981-1984, 1988


San Francisco Museum of Art, CA


Smithsonian Institute, DC, Traveling Exhibit of The Woodcut Society, 1934; and Prints from Provincetown Years, 1984


Society of the Four Arts, FL. 1950, Block print, Pink Torso


Sunrise Museum, WV, 1989, 2002


Tri-State Art Association, 1967


United States National Museum


University of Charleston, WV. 1991, 1992


Virginia Intermont College, VA. 1944; 1948, Block Print, Pink Torso; 1950, 1953


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


West Virginia University, 1958, Block Print, Pink Torso


Washington Watercolor Club, DC


Westbury Museum


West Virginia Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon, WV, 1953, 1954, 1955


West Virginia Governor's Mansion. 1998 - 2001


West Virginia University.  1967, 1969, 1974, 1995


Wichita Art Association, Exhibition of American Block Prints,  1931; Studio Window, 1934


William and Mary College, VA


The Woodcut Society, MO. Color Woodcuts, Charleston Cottages and Trinity Church 1933; Traveling exhibition through the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, 1934


 


Present Galleries:


Acme Fine Arts,  Boston, MA


The Art Store, Charleston, WV


 


Public Collections:


Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC


American Color Print Society


The Clay Center/ Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston, WV


British Museum (Color Woodcut)


Charleston Art  Gallery, WV


Laskin Galleries, Charleston, WV


MacFarland Collection


McNay Art Museum, TX


Hallmark Co.


Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV


Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston, WV


Library of Congress, Washington, DC


Miami University, Oxford, OH


Pennsylvania Academy (USA Artists Collection)


Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC


Sunrise Museum, Charleston, WV


University of Charleston, WV


West Virginia State Museum, Charleston, WV


West Virginia University Art Collection, Morgantown, WV


 


Major Private Collection:


Leslie and Johanna Garfield, loaned majority of collection of color woodcuts to the Boston Museum of Fine Art for exhibition PARIS TO PROVINCETOWN: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, 2002


 


Honors:


1933 Exhibited in 50 Best Color Prints in USA & Canada, Printmakers Club of  California


1947 West Virginia Artist of the Year, West Virginia University


1958  West Virginia Artist of the Year, West Virginia University


1960 International Institute of Arts & Letters, elected fellow


1968 Fashion Designers Guild, received OSCAR


1971 West Virginia Art Citizen of the Year, Rhododendron Arts Festival


1976 American Mother's Committee, Certificate of Honor, for support of the arts. Awarded at the National Exhibit of Arts and Crafts, DC


1981 Distinguished West Virginian, awarded by Gov. Jay Rockefeller, IV


1989 Mayor Awards for the Arts, Fund for the Arts, Charleston, WV 


1999 Celebrate Women Awards, West Virginia Women's Commission


1930 - 1989


Numerous awards, prizes and best of show for works selected for exhibitions


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,


Numerous awards in group in juried exhibitions


 


Publications:


Instruction in Audio - Visual Aids, West Virginia University Press, authors Haas & Parker; Grace Martin Taylor, author of section " Preparation and Use of Visual Aids., 1950


Painting with Purpose, Prentice-Hall, author Morris Davidson, 1964


Early Art and Artists in West Virginia, West Virginia University Press, author John Cuthbert 2000


From Paris to Provincetown; Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, MFA Publications; a division of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2002


Blanche Lazzell; The Life and Work of an American Modernist, West Virginia University Press, edited by Robert Bridges, Kristina Olson, Janet Snyder 2004 


Bibliography:


Who's Who in America Art, 1940, 1950


Who's Who in the East, 1945


Leading Women of America, 1955


Dictionary of American Scholars, 1957


International Directory of the Arts, 1958


Who's Who of American Women, 1959


International Who's Who in Art & Antiques, first edition


International Institute of Arts and Letters. 1960 -69


National Social Directory, 1960


Directory of International Biography, London England, 1965


Register of Living Artists, 1965


American Association of University Professors, 1968


Who's Who in American Art, complied by The American Federation  Arts, published by R. R. Bower Co., NY, 1966 - 1973


Grace Martin Taylor on Art and Education, interview with former student John F. Hudkins. Brochure published to accompany exhibit of Taylor's work 1980


Provincetown Printers: A woodcut Tradition. Flint, Janet Altaic. Published by the Smithsonian Institute Press,  1983


American Art Review, August - September 1995


Grace Martin Taylor, 1903 - 1995, Curated by John A. Cuthbert and Gale Simplicio, catalog published by West Virginia University Historical Art Collection , West Virginia University Libraries, 1996


Early Art and Artists in West Virginia: An Introduction and Biographical Directory, complied by John A. Cuthbert, published by West Virginia University Press, 2000


American Art Review, February 2002


PARIS TO PROVINCETOWN: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, Boston Museum of Fine Art, 2002


 


Positions:


Dominion News, Morgantown, WV, Journalist and Society Editor, 1924 - 1928,


Mason College of Music & Fine Art, Charleston, WV.  Head of Art Department, 1931 - 56; Administrative Assistant, 1950 - 53, Dean, 1953- 55, President, 1955 -56


Morris Harvey College, Charleston, WV, Professor of Art, 1956 - 68


West Virginia University Division of Extension Credit, lecturer,   1968 - 1971


Conducted Summer Painting Workshops, Fayette Art Group, WV  1972 - 74


 


Member:


Allied Artist of West Virginia


American Association of University Professors


American Arts Professional League


American Color Print Society


American Watercolor Society


Charleston, WV  City Art Commission


Council of Private Colleges


Creative Arts Festival of West Virginia


F.I.A.L  ( a Florida art  league)


International Platform Association


Kanawha Valley Historical Society (1970's helped conduct the two year study that led to the designation of Charleston's East End as a historical district)


National Academy of Design, NY


Parkersburg Art Center, WV


Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA


Provincetown Art Association, MA


Rhododendron Arts Association, WV


Tri-State Art Association, WV


The Century Club, NY


Theta Sigma Phi, National honor Society for Women writers and journalists


West Virginia Association of Higher Education


West Virginia University Century Club,


The Woodcut Society, MO


 


Resources for GMT biography:


The American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art. Edited by Dorothy B. Gilbert. Published by R. R. Bowker Company, New York & London. 1966


 


The American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art. Edited by The Jaques Cattell Press. Published by Jaques Press and R. R. Bowker Company ( a Xerox Education Company), New York and London. 1973


 


Cuthbert,  John A. Early Art and Artists in West Virginia: An Introduction and Biographical Directory. Published by West Virginia University Press. 2000


 


Grace Martin Taylor, 1903 - 1995, Curated by John A. Cuthbert and Gale Simplicio. Catalog published by West Virginia University Historical Art Collection


 


Lazzell, Blanche. Letters to Grace Martin Taylor. 1930 - 1951


 


Peyton, Marianne Coalter. Grace Martin Frame Taylor: A Modern Legacy,


Senior Research Project, Dr. Janet Snyder. April 27, 2000


 


Shapiro, Barbara Stern. From Paris to Provincetown: BLANCHE LAZZELL AND THE COLOR WOODCUT. MFA Publications, a division of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. 2002


 


West Virginia University Student.  Grace Martin Taylor: Chronological Data. West Virginia University Libraries


 


Interviews with Lucie Mellert, daughter of Grace Martin Taylor. 2000 - 2002