Eloise Long Wells (American, 1875-1953)
Eloise Long was born in Madison County, Alton Illinois in 1875, and moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1879. She married an engineer, George Eugene Wells and they had five children together. Well’s maternal grandfather was Richard J. Compton , a St. Louis gold and silver engraver and founder of Compton Lithographics. Frances Wells, the artist’s granddaughter, is a Hudson River Valley landscape painter.
Wells attended the Stoddard School and Mary Institute. She studied art with Edward Campbell, Charles Winter, Percy Davis and Richard Miller at the St. Louis School of Fine Art , as well as at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.
Wells worked in a number of mediums, including sculpture, printmaking , graphic arts , painting and drawing. As the spouse of an engineer who traveled frequently in the employment of a major St. Louis brewery, Wells produced works in many locations besides St. Louis, including New York, NY ; Chicago , IL; Kansas City, MO and New Orleans, LA.
The artist was a member of the St. Louis Art Guild , the Art League of St. Louis , the Gamut Club in New York, the American Federation of Arts , the Art Club of Chicago and served on the managing board of the St. Louis Art Center. She was awarded a silver medal in 1901 at the St. Louis School of Fine Art (probably as a student or recent graduate) , a bronze medal for still life and a gold medal in graphic art in 1923 from the Kansas City Art Institute and a bronze medal at the Sedalia Exhibit.
Notable exhibitions which included the artists work were held at the St Louis Artist Guild, the St. Louis Public Library, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Society of Independent Artists in New York, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (all in the 1920s).
Eloise Long Wells died in 1953.
Information courtesy of William Greiner