Artist Biography

Mary Deneale MORGAN
1868 - 1948

Mary DeNeale Morgan, a pastelist, painter, and etcher, was born in San Francisco, California on May 24, 1868. As a child of two she moved to Oakland where her father was the city engineer. She was a favorite pupil of William Keith from her youth until the time of his death. Morgan also studied at the School of Design under Williams, Carlsen, and Joullin (1884-95). In 1896 she opened a studio in Oakland and, for a brief time, taught art at Oakland High School. In 1909 she settled in Carmel where she bought the studio-home of Sydney Yard located on Lincoln near Seventh. She was a pupil in William Merritt Chase's summer classes there in 1914, director of the Carmel School of Art (1917-25), and a founder of the Carmel Art Ass'n. In 1928 Scribner's Magazine named her as one of the nation's foremost women artists. During World War Two she made weekly visits to nearby Fort Ord to sketch the servicemen. A spinster, Morgan died in Carmel on October 10, 1948 having left a great legacy to California art as a teacher, organizer, and painter. Working in pastel, tempera, oil, and watercolor, she painted sand dunes, adobes, landscapes, and the wind-swept cypresses of the Monterey Peninsula. Member: National Ass'n of Women Painters & Sculptors; San Francisco Art Ass'n; California Watercolor Society; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n; American Federation of Artists; Carmel Art Ass'n; Carmel Arts & Crafts Club. Exhibited: Oakland Industrial Expo, 1896; Mark Hopkins Institute, 1897-98; Hahn Gallery (Oakland), 1907 (solo); Del Monte Art Gallery, 1907-12, 1934 (solo); Berkeley Art Ass'n, 1908; Alaska-Yukon Exposition (Seattle), 1909; Panama Pacific International Exposition, 1915 (silver medal); Hotel Oakland, 1925 (solo); Pasadena Art Institute, 1929 (solo); Carmel Art Ass'n, 1934 (solo). Works held: California Historical Society; Monterey Peninsula Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Del Monte Hotel; University of Texas; Stanford University; University of Southern California; Union High School (Monterey); Monterey City Hall and Presidio; Sunset School (Carmel); Salinas High School; Harrison Library (Carmel); Society of California Pioneers.

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