Artist Biography

1859 - 1933

Monona Colby was born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on November 19, 1859. In 1870 she moved to Algona, Iowa where eight years later she married Orson F. Van Cise, a Universalist minister and civil engineer. Mrs. Van Cise studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and in Minneapolis. Leading a peripatetic existence, she painted in Wyoming and taught art in Laramie (1899-1906), Colorado (1907-10), La Jolla, CA (1911), and Idaho. After her husband's death in 1921, she returned to California and lived in the San Francisco Bay area for ten years. Although in ill health, she continued painting there until returning to Laramie. She died there on October 29, 1933. Her work includes landscapes of Colorado, Wyoming, and the Pacific coast as well as floral still lifes. Exhibited: Oakland Art Gallery, 1928; Wyoming Artists (Laramie), 1932. Works held: Clear Lake (Iowa) Public Library; Colorado Historical Society (Denver).

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