Artist Biography

1908 - 1948

Marion Osborn Cunningham was born in South Bend, Indiana on May 29, 1908. The Osborn family moved west shortly after Marion was born and settled in Bakersfield, California. From Bakersfield High School, she attended Santa Barbara Junior College followed by art studies at Stanford University, Art Students League in New York City, and California School of Fine Arts. As the wife of artist Ben Cunningham, she was active in San Francisco's art scene and exhibited in local shows. During the 1930s she betan producing silk screen prints. Working in what had been a speakeasy at 338 Clay Street, she turned out more than 20,000 serigraphs and 75,000 greeting card copies. Her colorful reproductions of the Cable Cars were in demand nationwide. While en route to Europe, she died unexpectedly of a brain tumor in New York City on March 25, 1948. Member: National Serigraph Society; San Francisco Women Artists; San Francisco Art Ass'n. Exhibited: San Francisco Museum of Art Inaugural, 1935; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; San Francisco Watercolor Show, 1939; Bakersfield Art Ass'n, 1957; many solos. Works held: California State Library; Metropolitan Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art; St Louis Museum; Cleveland Museum; De Young Museum; Museum of Modern Art (New York City).

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