Artist Biography

Calthea VIVIAN
1857 - 1943

Calthea Campbell Vivian was born in Fayette, Missouri on March 1, 1857. She moved to California with her family in the early 1870s. Settling in Sacramento, she studied at the Crocker Art Gallery under William Franklin Jackson. She continued at the University of California at Berkeley and at the Mark Hopkins Institute under Mathews, Joullin, and Tilden. Continuing in Paris in 1897, she studied at Académie Colarossi and Grande Chaumière, and with Charles Lazar in England. Upon returning to California in 1900, she was an art instructor at San Jose State College until 1917 and then at the California College of Arts and Crafts until 1923. In Berkeley, Vivian was a resident of the Hotel Claremont until 1938 when she returned to southern California. A spinster, she died in Norwalk, California on December 24, 1943. Her subjects included landscapes, missions, figures, and French country scenes. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n; San Francisco Sociey of Etchers; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n; California Art Club. Exhibited: Crocker Art School, 1886 (gold medal); California State Fair, 1893-1902 (silver medal); San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1895-1910; Paris Salon, 1898; Del Monte Gallery (Monterey), 1908-12; Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915; Hotel Claremont, 1923, 1929 (solos); City of Paris (San Francisco), 1926; Oakland Art Gallery, 1932. Works held: San Diego Museum; Society of California Pioneers; Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley); California Historical Society; Worcester (MA) Museum.

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