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Anna Stacey

 (1865 - 1943)
Anna Lee Day Stacey was active/lived in Illinois, California, Missouri.  Anna Stacey is known for sea-landscape, portrait and still life painting.

Anna Stacey

Biography from the Archives of askART

A figure and marine painter early in her career and a landscape, still life and portrait painter in her later period, Anna Stacey lived primarily in Chicago where her studio was in the Tree Studio Building on the city's North Side.  However, she spent much time traveling back and forth between Illinois and California, and about 1915, was in Arizona where she painted the Grand Canyon. She lived in San Francisco in 1939 and Pasadena from 1941.

She was born in Glasgow, Missouri, and began her studies at the Kansas City Art Association's School of Design.  There she met the School Director, John Stacey, whom she married in 1891.  She also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1893 to 1899, and traveling to Paris with her husband, attended the Académie Delecluse.  This was followed by three more trips to Europe.

She was a member of the Chicago Water Color Club, and won the Martin B. Cahn Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Society of Artists.  Of Anna Stacey, it was written: "her marines and out-of-door figure paintings found considerable favor among the women's clubs that served as important art patrons in turn-of-the-century Chicago." (Greenhouse, 232)

She exhibited in 1938 with the California Art Club and the Plein Air Painters of Southern California.   Her work is in numerous collections including that of the Santa Fe Railroad and the Union League Club of Chicago, which owns the Pre-Raphelite figure painting, Tropies of the Field, which won the Cahn Prize.

She died in Pasadena in 1943.

Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings & Sculpture by American Artists, AIC, 1895, 97
Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1897-1933
Annual Exhibition, Palette Club, AIC, 1895
Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings & Sculpture by American Artists, AIC, 1901
St Louis/Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904
Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Solo, Chicago Galleries Association, 1927
Chicago Society of Artists Exhibition, 1912
Paintings by Anna L Stacey, AIC, 1905, 14
Paintings by 8 artists, including John H and Anna Lee Stacey, AIC, 1921
Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco (CA), 1915

Prize, West End Woman's Club Salon, 1896
Fortnightly Prize, AIC, 1902
Martin Cahn Prize, AIC, 1902
Marshall Field Prize, 1907
Prize, Chicago Society of Artists Exhibition, 1912
Logan Medal, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, 1921
Knapp Memorial Prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, AIC, 1922
Clyde M Carr prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1938

Palette Club, Chicago
Chicago Water Color Club
Artist Guild of Chicago
Chicago Women's Club
Kenwood College, Chicago
Union League Club of Chicago
Arche Club, Chicago
Bridges Collection, Chicago
Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Christine Schwartz Collection, Chicago

Kansas City (MO) Art Association's School of Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1893-99
Academie Delecluse, Paris, 1900

Related To/Associated With:
Student of John F Stacey in Kansas City, MO
Student of tonalist artist Leonard Ochtman, AIC, 1893-99

Wendy Greenhouse, "Anna Lee Stacey", Union League Club of Chicago Art Collection
Illinois Women Artists Project
Doris Dawdy, Artist of the American West, Volume II

Biography from the Archives of askART
Attracted to art-making as a child, Anna Lee Dey Stacey attended the Pritchett School Institute in her native Glasgow, Missouri, before studying at the Kansas City Art Association and School of Design. There, her instructors included landscape painter and teacher John F. Stacey, whom she married in 1891. The couple settled in Chicago, where Anna enrolled at the Art Institute. By the time she graduated with honors, in 1896, she already had exhibited in the Art Institute's annual exhibition of American art and with the Art Students' League of Chicago and the women artists' Palette Club.

Influenced by her Art Institute instructor Leonard Ochtman, a landscape painter, Stacey specialized in figures posed out-of-doors, solidly rendered with the bright color of impressionism. Her watercolors and oil paintings found favor with critics, prize juries, and the women's clubs that offered important patronage to local artists in turn-of-the-century Chicago. In 1905 and again in 1914, she was honored with solo exhibitions at the Art Institute, and she received numerous prizes over the course of her career.

In 1900, the Staceys visited Paris for the Exposition Universelle, and Anna studied briefly at the Académie Delecluse; they also stopped in the artists' enclave of Auvers-sur-Oise. Thereafter, Anna's painting style shifted toward a more tonal approach, often featuring subdued light and evening settings. Her work included landscape and marine views as well as images of women and girls posed out-of-doors; later, she gravitated toward portraits and still-life painting.

Childless, Anna and John forged equally successful careers, and they apparently enjoyed a mutually supportive relationship. From their studio-home in the Tree Studios building on Chicago's Near North Side, they traveled together in search of subjects. They made several tours of Europe, visited Canada and the western United States, and worked for consecutive summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Mystic, Connecticut. In the 1920s, they became regulars in the community of conservative impressionist painters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Having first visited California in 1915 to see the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, the Staceys moved in 1937 to Pasadena, where Anna died at age seventy-seven, two years after her husband's death.

Schwartz Collection

Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Glasgow, MO on Sept. 10, 1865. Anna Dey Stacey began her art studies in Kansas City under John F. Stacey whom she married in 1891.  The couple then moved to Chicago where she studied at the AIC.

When traveling in Europe she further studied at Académie Delecluse in Paris. Prior to 1906 she painted tonalist seascapes and harbor scenes á la Whistler; her palette then took on the lighter colors of Impressionism.

Trips were made to California during the 1920s to paint and visit friends. After her husband's retirement in the 1930s, the couple settled in Pasadena where she remained until her death on March 4, 1943.

Exhibitions: AIC, 1902-20 (medals and solos); Chicago Society of Artists, 1912 (prize); PPIE, 1915; Calif. Art Club, 1938-41; Pasadena Society of Artists, 1938; GGIE, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1940.

City of Chicago collection.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; Pasadena Public Library; Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers (Fielding, Mantle); Death record; Pasadena Star News, 3-5-1943 (obituary).

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About  Anna Stacey

Born:  1865 - Glasgow, Missouri
Died:   1943 - Pasadena, California
Known for:  sea-landscape, portrait and still life painting