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 Via Walling Draper  (1892 - 1968)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/California/Kansas      Known for: desert landscape painting

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Born in Perth, Kansas and growing up in Kay County, Oklahoma, Via Walling Draper became a painter in the West, doing Arizona seasonal desert landscapes, mining scenes, Taos scenes, and marine and landscape paintings in La Jolla and Laguna Beach, California.  She studied at University Prep School in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, and in 1913, enrolled at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where she graduated in 1917 with a major in biology and a minor in art.  That year, she married William Draper, and they settled permanently in Tucson, Arizona, from where she made many trips around her home state as well as to California and New Mexico.

However, it was 1928 before she started painting seriously.  She began with oil paintings of the seasonal changes of the desert, and in 1937 her painting, Old Tree, was Arizona's entry in New York at the Second National Exhibition of American Art.  She also exhibited work at the Arizona State Fair, Tucson Art Association, Laguna Beach Art Association, and West Coast Painters and Sculptor. 

In California, she studied with George Brandriff, Thomas Hunt and Hanson Puthuff.

Her work is in the Tucson Medical Clinic collection.

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
National Exhibition of American Art, 1937; Annual Exhibition of Women Painters of America, 1937; one-person show assembled by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, 1943.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Perth, KS on Dec. 13, 1892. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1917, Via Walling married Wm Draper. The couple settled in Tucson, AZ; however, she made many trips to California to paint and study with George Brandriff, Thomas Hunt, and Hanson Puthuff. She died in Tucson on Dec. 8, 1968. Member: Laguna Beach AA; West Coast Painters & Sculptors.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Women Artists of the American West.
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Born Perth, Dec. 13, 1892; died Tucson, AZ, Dec. 8, 1968. Painter. Grew up in Oklahoma; attended University of Kansas, Lawrence graduating in 1917 with a major in biology and a minor in art. Moved to Tucson, AZ where she became known for her desert scenes.
Tucson Medical Clinic.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Kovinick, Phil and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick. An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998.; AskArt,, accessed Jan. 15, 2006.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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