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 Cora Millet Holden  (1895 - 1938)

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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: mural, portrait, figure, genre

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is submitted by Marianne Berger Woods, PhD, Art Historian, Instructor, and Curator of Meadville, Pennsylvania. This outline is one that Woods wrote for the Asklepios Website:

Holdens life
A. Born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1895
1. Parents were Cora Millet Babb (1856-?) and Daniel Walker Holden (?-1895)
Mother Cora graduated from Philadelphia Womens Medical College in 1882 and practiced medicine in Nashville, TN and Cambridge, Massachusetts
Fathers occupation not known both parents from Maine
2. Maternal grandparents were Elizabeth Millet (1831-1911) and Luther Potter Babb (both were physicians Elizabeth graduated WMC in 1872 and practiced medicine in Eastport, Maine)
a. Maternal line related to the French painter, Jean François Millet and so to the American painter, Francois (Frank) D. Millet
3. Died in Cleveland, Ohio in November, 1938, and was buried in Alexandria, Virginia next to her father.

II. Education
A. Pupil of Cyrus Dallin, Joseph DeCamp, and Richard Andrew at Massachusetts School of Art where she graduated in 1916
B. Pupil of Henry Keller, Herman N. Mazen, and Frank Wilcox at Cleveland School of Art (now Cleveland Institute of Art) where she earned graduate degree in 1918 she continued as an instructor I believe a small scholarship is set up there in her honor)

III. Mural Commissions
A. 1918 "Separation and Reunion," oil on canvas, two panels each 28, x 5, Memorial Hall of the Goodyear Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio (lost or painted over)
B. 1923 "Steel Production," oil on canvas, one panel, Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland, Ohio was paid $2,500.
C. 1926 "Asklepios, Greek God of Medicine," oil on canvas, four panels, Allen Memorial Medical Library, paid $10.000.
D. 1929 "Prosperity, Industry, Security and Integrity," oil on canvas, four panels, Pearl Street Bank (lost building demolished)
E. 1931 Board of Education Building, Progress in Education and Branches in Education, oil on canvas, two panels

III. The Allen Memorial Medical Library mural commission
A. Commission suggestion of Walker & Weeks, architectural firm associated with Allen and earlier Federal Reserve Bank (and later Board of Ed. building)
B. Preparatory charcoal drawings available May 1925
C. Holden in Paris at the time she signed the contract, February 1926
(I read that she also intended to go to Greece, but all extant letters are from Paris)

IV. Portrait Work
A. Mainstay of most artists bread and butter work
B. Holdens price range from $35.00 to $500.00 depending on size, medium, whether the person was living or dead (cheaper if dead)
C. Portraits of Cleveland and area notables: Patterson Barnes (also his children), Mary Payne and Dudley Blossom, Jr., Kathleen Firestone, Cora Millet Holden (artists mother), and The Lamplighter (at Braetenal City Hall) among a list Holden made for Dr. Howard Dittrick in 1932. Extant portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mewett at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland.
D. She was usually listed as a "portrait painter"

V. Professional Life
A. Taught at Cleveland School of Art, c. 1920-1938
B. Works shown at Cleveland Museum of Arts "May Show," 1922-1938
C. Member of the Cleveland Artists Association and The Womens Art Club of Cleveland

VI. Personal Life
A. Member of Unitarian Church
B. A Republican

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