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 Edna Mae Scofield Halseth  (1879 - 1956)

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Lived/Active: California/Arizona/Wisconsin      Known for: landscape and portrait painting, Indian figure sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Edna Scofield Halseth studied for three years at the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is first listed in San Diego in 1908, and lived with a brother and two sisters for a time.  At the Panama California Exposition of 1915, her seated figure of the Indian Yellow Sky was awarded a gold medal.  Her work also received silver and bronze medals at the Panama California International Exposition the following year.  Between 1914 and 1919, she often exhibited figure and portrait studies with the California Art Club in Los Angeles including busts of local artists Charles A. Fries and William H. C. Pierce.

By 1919, Scofield became an assistant with the San Diego Museum, which operated an art gallery in the south wing of the California Quadrangle in Balboa Park.  She also taught at the State Normal School. 

In June of 1919, she married Odd S. Halseth, a native of Norway who served in the U. S. Army Air Service.  The wedding took place in New York City, and the couple did not return to San Diego until the following year when he got out of the service.  For the next two years Edna was listed as curator for the San Diego museum in Balboa Park, but there are no additional listings after 1923, and nothing is known of her life after that date.

Source:
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/89summer/sculptors.htm

(Ref. AAA 1917-1925; Hughes; McGrew, Vol. II, pp 517-18; Moure)

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Edna Mae Scofield Halseth was born in Ripon, WI on July 20, 1879.  Scofield studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and with sculptor Daniel C. French.  About 1908 she settled in San Diego and became active in the local art scene. 

During this period she studied in Los Angeles with Julia Wendt for three years.  By 1919 she was an assistant with the San Diego Museum and a teacher at the State Normal School (now California State University). 

In 1919 she wed Odd Halseth who served with his wife as curator of the San Diego Museum Art Gallery. 

Upon settling in Phoenix, AZ in 1927, she helped organize the Art Guild.  The Halseths served as curators-archaeologists for the Heard Museum and the City of Phoenix.  She died there on July 13, 1956. 

Exh:  Calif. Art Club, 1914-19; Panama-Calif. Int'l Expo (San Diego), 1915 (silver and gold medals); Calif. Liberty Fair, 1918; Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1922; Museum of NM, 1923.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Journal of San Diego History, Summer 1989; AAW; SCA; KOV; AAA 1917-25; Phoenix Gazette, 7-16-1956 (obit).

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