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|The following, submitted July 2005, is from Sarah Kriska, grand daughter of the artist.|
Growing up in her birth place of Columbus, Ohio, Harriet Kirkpatrick graduated from Columbus Central High School and earned an associate degree in education from the Columbus Normal School. She began her art studies at Columbus Art School graduating with Alice Schille. The impact of her work lies in its vivid color, variety of styles and diversified subjects. Her compositions demonstrate her contemporary attitude and knowledge of movement, special relationships and design. Her work gained national recognition and was widely exhibited with honors.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick traveled and painted in Europe, Canada, Mexico and from coast to coast in the United States. She studied extensively with some of the masters of her generation, including: Charles Hawthorne (1911) at the Provincetown Summer School, John Carlson (1923) The Art Students League, Ernest Thurn (1930) School of Modern Art in Gloucester, Hans Hoffman (1930) The School of Modern Art in Gloucester, Arnold Blanch and Doris Lee, the Art Center in Clearwater, Flordia, Dehirsch Marqules (1940's) at his New York studio, William Pachner (1957) at the Clearwater Art Center, and Abraham Rattner (1958).
Mrs. Kirkpatrick was a charter member of the Columbus Art League, exhibiting continuously until her death and was awarded the league's medallion of "Distinguished Service in the Arts" in 1953.
A teacher, as well as, a painter, Mrs. Kirkpatrick taught in the Columbus Public Schools, the New York School of the Deaf, the Head of the Art Department for the Columbus School for Girls from 1923 to 1946, on Saturdays at the Columbus School for Art and Design, visiting teacher for the Louisiana State Normal School and had many classes in her home. She was the Art Critic for the "Ohio State Journal" from 1913 to 1914, and in 1921 she started the Ohio State Fair Show where she remained as the Director for the Ohio State Fair Art Exhibition until 1927.
Her work was exhibited at the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Ohio University, Pasadena, California, Florida State College, the American Crayon Company in N.Y, the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Water Color Society and the NY Water Color Society to name a few.
Born a 4th generation Ohioan, Harriet Cornelia Rhoads and her four brothers grew up next door to one of Ohio's most famous artists, George Bellows. She delighted in telling of bribing Bellows with figs from her father's grocery to draw circuses and trains for the neighborhood children. As a young woman she married William Kirkpatrick; she and "Billie" had one daughter, Jean. When "Billie" died in 1922, she was left with a teen-age daughter to raise and began to augment her painting with teaching both privately and at Columbus School for Girls.
Throughout Harriet Kirkpatrick'scareer she delighted in meeting famous figures of the time. Robert Henri, Eugene Speicher, Teddy Roosevelt, William McKinley, General Wood, and the great actor Otis Skinner were among the celebrities Harriet enjoyed. Perhaps her most memorable celebrity encounter was in 1932 while she was painting in Berchtesgaden. Looking over her shoulder before and after rowing on the lake was the artist "wannabe" Adolf Hitler! Her grandson still has the water color with her note scribbled in pencil on the back, "Hitler watched me paint this."
Kirkpatrick, Harriet, Everyday Art, The American Crayon Company, Volume 21, May and June, 1943, pp.11,12.
Who's Who in American Art
Who's Who in American Women
Who's Who in the Midwest
Zweybruck, Emmy, Hands At Work, The Holden Publishing Company, 1942, pp. 16, 25.
Harriet Rhoades Kirkpatrick Artist Resume
Columbus Central High School
Columbus Normal School
Columbus Art School
New York Students Art League under John Carlson,
Charles Hawthorne's Summer School
School of Modern Art, Gloucester, Massachusetts, under Ernest Thurn and Hans Hoffman
New York student of DeHirsch Margules
Florida Art Center, Clearwater, Florida, under Arnold Blanche, and Doris Lee
Sag Harbor, NY, under Abraham Rattner
Robert Wolfe Water Color Prize, Columbus Art League, 1922, 1932, 1937, 1944
Louise Hengst Memorial Prize, 1947
Second Water Color Prize, The Ohio State Fair, 1954
First Water Color Prize, The Ohio State Fair, 1955
Columbus Art League Distinguished Service Award, 1953
First Prize, The Garden Show, 1960
Founded Shedd Art Gallery at Players Club, the Bryson Gallery and the Z. L. White Gallery, Children's Room in the Columbus Museum
Teacher, The Columbus Public Schools
Teacher, New York School for the Deaf
Head of the Art Department, Columbus School for Girls, 1923 1946
Visiting Teacher, Louisiana State Normal School
Teacher, The Columbus Art School
Art Critic, The Ohio State Journal, 1913 - 1914
Director of the Ohio State Fair Art Exhibition, 1921 1927
Associated with the Bureau of University Travel, 1925 1936
Exhibited at the New York Water Color Society, 1932, American Water Color Club, 1932, Chicago Art Institute, 1934, Ohio Water Color Society, 1934
One Man Shows in Marion, Ohio, 1924, Pasadena, California, 1941, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, 1943, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1943, American Crayon Company, New York, N.Y., 1943, Florida Central College, Players Club, 1951, Clearwater Little Theatre, 1954, The Bryson Gallery, 1959, Ohio, "Breaking Tradition: Ohio Women Painters, 1870-1950", Massillion Museum, 2005
Illustrated Article, Everyday Art, 1944
Represented in many private collections including The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts
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