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|Active in Indianapolis, Indiana art circles in the mid 20th century as
an etcher, painter, teacher, and organizer, Evelynne Daily was Director
of the Brown County Art Gallery Association from 1962 to 1964, and
She was president of the Indiana Federation of Art Club, 1967-1969; and
from 1940 to 1960, was instructor of painting and printmaking at Oxbow
Acres Summer Art School in Brown County, Indiana.
Her first husband was painter George Jo Mess, with whom she shared a
studio in Indianapolis after their marriage in 1925. Daily was
raised in that city by parents who were musicians, and although she too
had musical talent, from the time she was a child she wanted to be an
artist. Her parents encouraged that interest, and at age twelve,
she became a scholarship student at the John Herron Art
Institute. Her teacher was illustrator Frederick Polley
For one year, 1921, she studied at the Butler Institute, and then
returned to Herron where she became certified as an art teacher.
She took a teaching position at the Manual Training High School in
Indianapolis and also taught evening classes at the Herron
Institute. In addition, she worked as a class assistant to
William Forsyth, one of the most prominent Herron teachers, and in this
capacity, she met George Mess.
Judith Vale Newton and Carole Ann Weiss, Skirting the Issue, pp. 93-97
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
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