|Biography from Massillon Museum:|
|An accomplished watercolorist who became an influential art critic,
Grace Kelly was born to Irish parents in Cleveland. She began her
studies at the Cleveland School of Art when she was fifteen.
After graduation in 1896, she taught mechanical drawing and watercolor
painting at the school until 1904 when she left to pursue a career in
commercial art which lasted until 1926. In that year she became
the art critic, and later art editor, of the Cleveland Plain
In 1911, Kelly co-founded the Women’s Art Club of Cleveland. She
received numerous prizes for paintings exhibited in the annual May
Shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art and had three paintings accepted
to the Paris Salon of 1927.
Kelly initially developed a reputation for her watercolor
paintings. She employed a traditional academic technique in her
early years, applying transparent watercolor over forms carefully drawn
in pencil. Around 1910, she began painting with Henry Keller at
his summer school in Berlin Heights, Ohio. Under his influence,
she explored more spontaneous application of bold color.
Kelly spent summer vacations painting; first in Ireland in the late
1920s, then in San Salvador in the 1930s, and in Panama and Venezuela
in the 1940s. Her paintings appeared in solo shows in Cleveland,
and in group exhibitions with the Women’s Art Club and the May Shows of
the Cleveland Museum of Art. Kelly exhibited at the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts and the Salon d’Ecole des Beaux Arts in
1926. Her work was selected for the International Watercolor
Society Exhibition in Chicago and Toledo, and in 1937 for a show at the
Whitney Museum of American Art.
Submitted December, 2005, by Christine Fowler Shearer, Director, Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio
Biographical information pulled from the exhibition catalog, Breaking With Tradition: Ohio Women Painters, 1870-1950. Christine Fowler Shearer, author. Published by the Massillon Museum in 2005.
Other sources include clipping files from the Cleveland Museum of Art and the catalog Transformations in Cleveland Art, 1796-1946. William H. Robinson and David Steinburg, authors. Published by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1996.
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