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 Kate Krause Ball  (1891 - 1973)

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: religious scroll and religious painting, commercial art, teaching

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BIOGRAPHY for Kate Ball
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1891 (El Paso, Texas)
 
Death
1973 (El Paso, Texas)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A lifetime resident of El Paso, Texas, Kate Krause Ball was a commercial artist, art teacher, fine art painter, and creator of many illuminated religious scrolls of Bible verses, which in 1952 were exhibited at the Library of Congress.  Many of these illuminations were reproduced in a book, Thus It is Written, which was the first of many illustrated publications she did for Ideals.   Most of her easel paintings were western and Mexican subjects and were signed Kate K. Ball.

Her parents were prominent in El Paso, and her early art talent was apparent.  At age ten, she won an award for newspaper illustrations.  She took a correspondence course from the Federal School of Commercial Art in Minneapolis, and from 1915 to 1917, studied in California at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and the University of California at Berkeley.  Among her instructors were Karl Neuhaus, Perham Nahl, Hendricus Balink and Quartus Ruggles.   In 1937, she attended the University of Texas.

In 1923, she married Preston Ball, and while raising her children, turned to easel painting and exhibiting as well as continuing her illustration work.   She earned much local recognition for her canvases and also traveled extensively in Texas and sometimes to New Mexico, Arizona, California and Colorado.

She taught art in the public schools in El Paso and at the El Paso Technical Institute in 1939, and also gave private lessons.  In the early 1940s, she designed stationery for the McMath Lithographing Company in El Paso and did freelance work as well, which included illustrations for Holland's magazine, posters and parade floats for the Southwestner Sun Carnival in El Paso, and Christmas card designs.

She was a life fellow of the International Institute of the Arts and Letters and a member of the American Artists Professional League, the Texas Fine Arts Association, and the El Paso Artists Association. 

Ball, who died in 1973, is buried in the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso.

Sources include:
John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists
An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick

Biography from ARTexas:
Kate Ball took art correspondence courses from a Minnesota school and did summer studies at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.  In 1952 at the Library of Congress and later at many other U.S. venues, she exhibited fifty-two illuminated scrolls based on the Old and New Testaments she created between 1939 and 1949. 

Ball became a member of the Texas Fine Arts Association and the Southern States Art League.

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