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 Catherine Tharp Altvater  (1907 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: New York/Arkansas      Known for: easel and mural painting, teaching

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Catherine Tharp Altvater
Born: July 26, 1907
Little Rock, Arkansas
Died: October 9, 1984 (aged 77)
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

National Academy of Design School, Grand Central School of Contemporary Arts, Art League of Long Island

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Watercolor and oil painting

Emily Lowe Memorial Award, Audubon Artists

Catherine Tharp Altvater (1907-1984) was an American oil painter and watercolorist. Her watercolor paintings hang in the Museum of Modern Art and many other museums. Altvater was the first woman to hold office in the American Watercolor Society.

She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1907. She was married to Wellington Scott and Fredrick Lang Altvater. She lived in the Hudson River Valley, New York and Long Island, New York most of her professional life.

Altvater painted in both watercolor and oils and, from 1947 through 1967, won more than fifty awards, including first prize in watercolors at the National Arts Club in New York for 1969.

Altvater was best known for her colorful floral still-life paintings (White Lilies in the Rain, Hymn to the Sun), landscapes (Golden Dawn), and architectural scenes.

Altvater's work was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Academy of Fine Arts, National Arts Club, Audubon Artists Royal Watercolor Society (London), Parrish Museum (New York), and the Mexico City Museum of Art. Her paintings were included in the American Watercolor Society's traveling exhibitions]

She founded the Mid-Southern Watercolorists in Little Rock in 1970, with artists Doris Williamson Mapes, Bruce R. Anderson, Josephine Graham, and Edwin C. Brewer. She lived outside of Scott, Arkansas in Lonoke County for ten years.

She retired to New Smyrna Beach, Florida and died there October 9, 1984

"Catherine Tharp Altwater", Wikipedia, (Accessed 10/04/2014)

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Catherine Tharp Altvater was born in Arkansas in 1907.  She was a well known female watercolorist, whose works are in numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art. 

She was the first woman to hold an office in the American Watercolor Society.  After retiring she moved back to Scott, Arkansas and lived for 10 years until her death in 1984.  Scott, AR is located 15 miles southeast of Little Rock on Hwy 165.

A researcher at the Ashworth Collection of Native American and Western Art in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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