Artist Biography

Minerva PIERCE
1883 - 1972

Minerva Dorinda Lockwood was born in Trinidad, Colorado on December 16, 1883. She married Charles Pierce in 1902. After settling in Reno, Nevada in 1906, she studied painting with Katherine Lewers and Lorenzo P. Latimer, and earned a teacher's certificate from the University of Nevada in 1917. During the years 1927-36 she was a resident of San Francisco at 55 Greenwood Avenue. While there, she studied with George Demont Otis and George Post, and was assistant director of the Ethel Wickes School of Art. Upon returning to Reno, she served as house chairman of the Nevada Art Gallery until 1969. Her last few years were spent with her son in San Diego where she died on June 21, 1972. Subjects of her paintings include historical buildings, gold mining and Nevada desert scenes, landscapes of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe. Member: Latimer Art Club (Reno). Exhibited: American Pen Women, De Young Museum, 1928; California Statewide (Santa Cruz), 1931; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Nevada Art Gallery, 1950s, 1960s.

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