(1892 - 1978)
Mae Huffman Duquette was active/lived in Iowa, Nebraska, California, Kansas. Mae Duquette is known for portrait, marine and landscape painting.
Beginning her art studies in 1922, Mae Duquette became a painter of
portraits, plein-air western landscapes and still life. She
married Charles Medard Duquette, and the couple lived their early years
together in Omaha, Nebraska where she took her first art lessons
beginning 1922 from Augustus Dunbier. Moving to California and
ultimately settling in San Gabriel, she continued her training with
Owen Smith, Will Foster, Merlin Enabnit, Sergei Bongart and Ted Lukits.
1932, she exhibited paintings at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine
Arts. Her portrait of Thomas McKean, first Governor of
Pennsylvania and signer of the Declaration of Independence, is a part
of the Smithsonian collection in Washington D.C. Her portrait of
Gail Laughlin, first president of the Business and Professional Women's
Club, is at the BPW headquarters in Washington D.C.
early 1930s she visited and painted in Taos, New Mexico where she
visited her art teacher from Nebraska, Augustus Dunbier. In 1938,
she spent time and painted in Tucson, Arizona, and in December of that
year won an award from the Society of Liberal Arts exhibit at Joslyn
Memorial Museum in Omaha for her landscape titled The Desert-Near Tucson.
She was an honorary member of the California Art Club and a member of the San Gabriel Fine Arts Association.
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940
Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West
Joslyn Memorial Museum exhibition catalogue, 1938, The Society of Liberal Arts Five States Exhibit
Born on Jan. 30, 1892 in Boomer Township, IA. Mae Huffman Duquette
began her art studies in 1922 with August Dunbier and continued for 15
years with Will Foster, Theodore Lukits, and Sergei Bongart.
She married Charles Duquette and lived in Omaha, NE before moving to
southern California. A longtime resident of San Gabriel, CA, she
died there on June 4, 1978. Working in oil, watercolor, and pastel, she
painted landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and seascapes.
California Art Club; SouthWest Artists; Pasadena Art Association; Whittier Art Association; Highland Park Art Club.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1932; Kansas City Art Institute;
Omaha, NE, 1938; Whittier Art Association, 1945, 1946;
California Art Club, 1950; Artists of the SouthWest, 1955;
Southland Art Association (Montebello), 1955-58; California State
Fairs; Tri-Club (Alhambra), 1961; San Gabriel Gallery, 1973
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Who's Who in American Art
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