The following information was received by Daniel Belle Maison from Jefferey Quinn, a great nephew of the artist, and submitted to AskART in April of 2006:
Mildred's brother Harold pursued genealogy as a hobby and made this entry about Mildred in his book around 1940.
"Mildred Lucile Adams Crooks, born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 12, 1899. Graduated the Oak Park High School, and, after a few years in the commercial art field in Chicago, moved to New York City. In addition to commercial work she has established an enviable reputation as a painter, has studied in Paris for several years, -having her own atelier there and at Cannes, on the French Riviera, she has repeatedly exhibited in New York and Paris. In 1933 she was given a Hors de Concours for one of her works exhibited in the Salon des Tuileries. On January 10, 1932, the New York Times printed the following:
“Mildred Crooks, a young American artist who has lived and worked for some time in Paris, is having an exhibition at the Morton Galleries until January 18. She is primarily a painter’s painter, who sets herself difficult problems. A still-life built up of crude reds and greens, for instance, is worked out with really fine results. Her “Apples” is probably the most satisfactory piece in the show.
Miss Crooks is at her best when she does not try to be modern. The quiet ‘Graveyard in Paris’ with its fringe of brilliant trees, the solidly drawn ‘Head of a Little Boy’, the really careful wrought ‘Interior’ are more successful, one feels, more sincere than the not too convincing forays into surrealist territory. K.G.S.”
At the time of the New York Worlds Fair, in 1939, she executed the large murals scene in the Brazilian Pavilion, as well as the dioramas in the Ecuadorian Pavilion.
She was married to Pinckey Daves, of New York City, an architectual engineer who was at one time U.S. Government representative in connection with constructing the American Embassy, Paris, and who, later, had charge of conditioning the American embassies in Moscow and Prague. They have no children and reside in New York City in 1939.
signed -Harold Crooks
Mildred was a confidant of Aaron Copeland.
GRD Studio, New York, New York, (1929) part of group show
Salon des Echanges, Paris, France (l'exposition artistique la plus originale de l'anne, Dec. 19, 1931 - Jan. 10, 1932)
Morton Gallery, New York, New York (Jan. 4th - 18th, 1932)
Painter's and Sculptor's Gallery, New York, New York, March, (1932)
Salon des Tuileries, Paris, France (1933, received a hors de concours for one of her works)
New York Worlds Fair (1939 - murals in Brazilian pavilion, Ecuadorian pavilion).
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. (July 7 - August 20 1941)
Pachita Crespi Gallery of Creative Art, New York, New York (October 15th -29th, 1953)
Ruth White Galleries, New York, New York (March 5th - 30th, 1957)
Willard Gallery, New York, New York, (May 1957)
Emmerich Gallery, New York, New York (Dec. 1957)
Haggin Galleries, Stockton, California (1959)
Ruth White Galleries, New York, New York (April 26th - May 14th, 1960, abstract landscapes)
Other known shows (without confirmed dates):
Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
Arts Club, Washington D.C.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.