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 Sara Mae Hess  (1875 - 1960)

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Lived/Active: New York/California/Illinois      Known for: landscape and floral still-life painting

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Floral still life
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography has been provided by Kenneth Gordon Edwards, the artist's cousin.

Sara Mae Hess was born on February 25, 1875 in Troy Grove, Illinois, the daughter of Sara Jane Foulk and Abraham Hess.  Ms. Hess lived in Troy Grove until she was 19, when she went to the Art Institute of Chicago to study.  After her graduation, she studied in Paris, France for three years, where she won the first award in the American Women Artists Association.

Before opening her own studio in New York, Sara Hess was an art supervisor in the public schools of Benton Harbor, Michigan and in Gary, Indiana.  In her later years, Ms. Hess resided in San Diego, California, where she continued to paint her well-known flower and landscape pictures. 

She died on May 30,1960 in San Diego.

In the late 1940's and early 1950's, Ms. Hess' work was shown in many national exhibits including those of the American Artists in Chicago and St. Louis, the National Academy of Design and the National Association of Women Artists. 

She is represented in many collections throughout the country.  One of her last known exhibits was in Rockford, Illinois, her home state.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Sara Mael Hess was born in Troy Grove, IL on Feb. 25, 1875. Hess studied at the AIC, Académie Julian in Paris (1909), and with Richard Miller and Henry Hubbel. Her early career was spent in Gary, IN (1919), NYC and Hillside, NJ (1921-33). She later settled in San Diego, CA where she remained until her death on May 30, 1960.

Member: Nat'l Ass'n of Women Artists; San Diego Art Guild; Laguna Beach AA; NY Society of Painters; La Jolla AA; Wolfe Art Club (NYC).

Works Held: Ridgewood (NJ) Womens Club; Gary (IN) Museum; Oshkosh Museum; Vanderpoel Collection (Chicago).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1909-33; Who's Who in American Art 1938-62; Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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