Remember the Ladies: Women Painters in Ogunquit, 1900-1950

Women have long been the subject of art, traditionally depicted as objects of beauty, or engaged in domestic and practical arts. When regarded for their achievements as creators of fine art, women of the Ogunquit colony may be remembered as vanguards of American arts and culture throughout the 20th-century. Trained at Charles Woodbury’s “Summer School of Drawing and Painting” and Hamilton Easter Field’s “Summer School of Graphic Arts” – female artists remain an integral part of Ogunquit’s standing as a leading artist collective and a major cultural influence throughout New England and the United States. Among their most prolific students, Gertrude Fiske, Nellie Knopf, and Susan Ricker Knox went on to become influential painters, teachers, and policy-makers.

Titled for Abigail Adam’s strident missive to her husband John Adams, dated 1776, – I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them – this exhibition examines the politics and public policies that engendered compulsory education, civic engagement, and professional opportunities for women and presents a remembrance “more generous and favorable” to the noteworthy contributions of female artists in Ogunquit and New England. The exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in association with Darin Leese.

EXHIBITION SPONSORS: The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is deeply grateful to Carole Aaron, Allyson Cavaretta, Louesa Gillespie, Carol Leary, Tammy Mallen, Gale Morgan, Barbara O’Leary, Nan Ramsey, Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, Pamela Sawyer, Mary Ann Tackeff, Rob (Roberta) Walker, Nancy White

Exhibition Preview
Mabel May Woodward (1877–1945)
"On the Rocks"
c. 1925
Oil on board
10 x 13 in.
Courtesy of Darin R. Leese & Frank E. Vandervort
Peggy Bacon (1895-1987)
"Antique Beauty"
c. 1933
Oil on canvas
15 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.
#1975.3, Gift of Alexander Brook
Elizabeth Jewell (1874 –1956)
"Ogunquit Rocks"
c. 1925
Oil on board
14 x 16 in.
Courtesy of Darin R. Leese & Frank E. Vandervort
Isabella Howland (1895-1974)
Bust of Georgia O’Keeffe
1950
Cast bronze
7.5 x 5 x 4 in.
#1968.15, Gift of Anonymous Donor
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