Artist Biography

1859 - 1944

Alice Brown Chittenden (1859-1944) was born in Brockport, New York on October 14, 1859. She came to San Francisco as a child. Her father, a prosperous miner, encouraged her art studies. Beginning a long affiliation with the School of Design, she studied there in 1877 under Virgil Williams and then taught at that school for 43 years. In 1887 she married Charles Overton; however, the marriage was short-lived. After their divorce she never remarried. Over the years she made several trips to New York, France, and Italy to exhibit and study. Chittenden was active as a teacher and painter in San Francisco until her death there on October 13, 1944. A prolific painter, she painted 350 varieties of California’s wildflowers and many landscapes. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n; San Francisco Women Artists; Sketch Club (San Francisco). Exhibited: San Francisco Art Ass'n from 1880; Expoosition of Art and Industries (SAn Francisco), 1891 (gold medal), 1893 (silver medal); California State Fair, 1891 (silver medal); World’s Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893 (silver medal); Calif. Midwinter International Expo, 1894; Mark Hopkins Art Institute, 1898, 1906; Bohemian Club, 1898; Lewis & Clark Expo (Portland), 1905 (silver medal); Société des Artistes Français, 1908 (award); Alaska-Yukon Exposition (Seattle), 1909 (award); Del Monte Art Gallery, 1909-12; Golden Gate Park Museum, 1916; Stanford Art Gallery, 1918, 1922; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1935; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939. Works held: Oakland Museum; San Jose and San Mateo County Historical Museums; Episcopal Divinity School (San Francisco); Society of California Pioneers (six portraits); California Historical Society; Boalt Law Hall (University of California at Berkeley); Academy of Sciences (Golden Gate Park); Shasta State Historical Museum; State Museum Resource Center (Sacramento).

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