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 Allie May Carpenter  (1887 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: Texas/Colorado/Missouri      Known for: painting, printmaking, etching, art education

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography, submitted October 2004, has been provided by Terry L. Carpenter, a Carpenter family historian:

(Miss) A. M. (Allie May) Carpenter, born 1887 at Prairie Home, Missouri, died 1978 at Denver, Colorado, daughter of Mason P. and Katie Carpenter, was a noted artist, craftsperson, and educator. She worked in a wide variety of media, including oils, pastels, watercolor, printmaking, design, etching, china painting, interior design and decoration, and tapestry. Miss Carpenter used her initials almost exclusively in
her professional life, to the point that it took a bit of detective work to discover her given names.

She was a graduate of Hardin College and Conservatory of Music in Mexico, Missouri, a Baptist college established in 1873 for young women. She was also a Graduate in Art of The Art Institute, Chicago, 1918, and worked in New York in 1923 and Los Angeles from 1929-30.

She studied under D. C. Smith, C. A. Harbert, Blanche Van Court Snider, and Emma E. Richardson Cherry. She taught at Mansfield (LA) College, Louisiana College, Pineville, LA in 1919, traveled extensively and lived in the Philippines for a year, and was appointed head of the Department of Art at Simmons University, now Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX, from 1922 apparently until her retirement in 1961.

Some of her works are reported to be in the First Baptist Church of Abilene; Lamar, Travis, and Abilene, TX, high schools; and at Mansfield College, LA. She exhibited in Fort Worth and Austin, TX, and Memphis, TN, including at the Texas Federation of Womens Clubs in 1931, and the Annual Exhibition by Texas Artists at the Fort Worth Art Museum (TAFW) in 1935. She was a member of the Texas Fine Arts Association, the American Artist Professional League, the College Art Association, and the Western Artists Association.

She is listed in the following books: Peter H. Falk (ed-in-chf.): "Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975" (Sound View Press, Madison, CT, 1999); Glenn B. Opitz: "Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers" (Apollo, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1986); Paula L. Grauer & Michael R. Grauer: "Dictionary of Texas Artists: 1800-1945" (Texas A&M Press, College Station, TX, 1999); Chris Pettys: "Dictionary of Women Artists, An International Dictionary of Women American Artists Born Before 1900" (G. K. Hall & Co., Boston, MA, 1985); and Daniel T. Mallett: "Mallett's Index of Artists" (Peter Smith Pub., New York, 1948).

The accompanying photo of the artist from the 1930 Hardin-Simmons University yearbook is courtesy of Carol Hamner and Britt Jones, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas.

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