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 Josephine Shella Lutz Rollins  (1896 - 1989)



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Lived/Active: Minnesota/California      Known for: landscape painting, teaching

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Following is text from a review, dated July 18, 2007, and referencing the exhibition at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, "In Her Own Right: Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists."

Josephine Lutz Rollins (1896-1989)

Josephine Shella Lutz was born in Sherburn, Minnesota, on July 21, 1896. She attended Cornell College and the University of Minnesota, and pursued artistic training at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and the Minneapolis School of Art.

Rollins credited well-known Minnesota artist and teacher Cameron Booth as an important influence. Rollins also spent a year studying with Hans Hofmann in Munich, Germany, in 1930. Rollins was an art instructor at the University of Minnesota from 1927 to 1965. In 1933, she was a founding member of the Stillwater Art Colony that operated until 1950.

Shortly before retiring in 1965, she co-founded the West Lake Gallery in Minneapolis, a women's art collective that was active for 20 years.

In 1945, she married Dick Rollins. In working to balance her life as a married person and an independent artist, Rollins professed, "Women have to fight harder for a place in the art world; households and families often fragment them."

Due to her professional determination, Rollins enjoyed a lengthy career. Her artwork has been widely exhibited in the Twin Cities and can be found in numerous collections throughout Minnesota.

The St. Croix River Valley was among Rollins's favorite subjects to paint, but she also created watercolors of northern Minnesota and several locations throughout Europe, California and Mexico.

Rollins preferred painting outdoors, rather than in the studio, and switched exclusively to watercolors in the 1960s to better accommodate this passion. Her oil paintings employ unique colors and application. Rollins often used a palette knife to apply paint directly to the surface, while her watercolors convey the immediacy of direct observation.

Rollins's most enduring legacy, however, is her teaching career of more than 40 years, as well as the establishment of the Stillwater Art Colony and the West Lake Gallery.

Through her dedication as an advocate and teacher, Rollins influenced and supported hundreds of artists in the Twin Cities, many of whom are still making art to this day.

Rollins died on March 29, 1989, at the age of 92.

Source; MPRnews

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Born in Sherburne, MN on July 21, 1896. Rollins obtained her M.A. degree at the University of Minnesota and then studied at the Corcoran Art Gallery, Minneapolis School of Art, and with Hans Hofmann and Cameron Booth.

While teaching art at the University of Minnesota, she often spent summers in California. She died in Hopkins, MN on March 29, 1989.

Nelson Gallery (Kansas City), 1935, 1936 (prizes); AIC, 1937; Sacramento, CA, 1941; Oakland Art Gallery, 1958; Monterey, CA, 1958. In: University of Minnesota; Virginia (MN) Library. Mural: University High School (Minneapolis).
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Biography from Vern Carver & Beard Art Galleries:
Josephine Lutz Rollins was born in Sherburne, Minnesota in 1896.  Rollins graduated from Cornell College with a BA in 1920 and received her MA from the University of Minnesota in 1940.  Rollins studied at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, DC, the Minneapolis School of Art with Cameron booth and J.J.O Nordfeldt, and at the Hans Hoffman School of Art in Munich.

She received the Rockefeller Grant for "Minnesota Mid-Century" and a Univeristy of Minnesota Graduate School grant for various projects in Minnesota, California, and New England.

Rollins' work has been exhibited throughout the US, and locally at the Minnesota State Fair, the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Rollins started a teaching art at the University of Minnesota in 1927, and retired in 1965.  She was director and co-sponsor of the Stillwater Art Colony in Minnesota.

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