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 Clara Scott Hurst  (1889 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: Kansas      Known for: landscape, illustrator, miniature

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Richard Scott Hurst, grandson of Clara Scott Hurst:

Clara Scott Hurst was born December 27, 1889 to Ella Joslyn Scott and David Duffield Scott on a farm southeast of Kirwin, Kansas. She attended Washburn College and then left to receive private tutors. She studied ceramics under Kathryn Lindsay Perkins, oils under George M. Stone and Birger Sandzen.

She married James Wallace Hurst in 1918. They had one son, my father
David Henry Hurst. Her accomplishments were that she spent her life as an

Her work has been exhibited in Topeka, Kansas City, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Paris. One of her titles "Catherine" hangs in my home
and was in the Exhibit of Contemporary Art at the New York Worlds Fair during
1939. She died on June 14, 1987 and is buried in Kirwin, Kansas.

Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
17th McPherson Exhibition (Catalogue of the Annual Art Exhibit. McPherson: McPherson High School Press, 1911-35) 1927; 5th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition, 1929; New York Worlds Fair, 1929; 6th Annual Kansas Artists Exhibition (Topeka: Mulvane Art Museum, 1925-1941), 1930; 8th Exhibition, 1932
Salons of America; Society of Independent 113 Artists.

These Notes from AskART represent the beginning of a possible future biography for this artist. Please click here if you wish to help in its development:
Born Kirwin, Dec. 27, 1889; died June 14, 1987. Painter, spec. Kansas landscape. Teacher. Attended Washburn College, Topeka. Pupil of Birger Sandzén, Katherine L. Perkins, and George Melville Stone. Illustrator of the book, Adventures of Dicky Bear (1937).
First prize landscape and second prize in oil, State Fair, Topeka, 1927; first prize in design and first prize in miniature, State Fair, Topeka, 1929; prizes, Hutchinson, 1927.

Salons of America; Society of Independent 113 Artists.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Community Arts & Crafts (Mar. 1928); Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951); Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1, 2, 3; Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.; Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 26; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 20, 2005.
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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