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 Valerie Gretchen Tracewell Kaun  (1891 - )



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Lived/Active: California/Kansas      Known for: sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Valerie Gretchen Tracewell Kaun was born in Kansas in 1891.  Val Kaun studied in Chicago at the Academy of Fine Art and AIC during 1910-14.  By 1922 she had settled in Berkeley, CA with her husband Alexander Kaun, a professor of slavic languages at UC.  She taught life modeling at the CCAC during 1927-31 and lived in Berkeley until widowed in 1944.  Mrs. Kaun then returned to Kansas.  An advocate of modern art, her works are abstractions in mixed media, lead, or stone. 

Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1923-24; San Francisco Museum of (Modern) Art, 1935; SF Women Artists, 1938; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Census.
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