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 Blanche Helen McLane Cook  (1901 - 1991)

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Lived/Active: Washington/Iowa      Known for: still-life, floral and portrait painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Blanche Helen McLane Cook   (1901 – 1991)

Born in Moulton, Iowa in 1901, Blanche McLane was the daughter of Eva Wynn and Alva (Randolph) McLane. The family soon moved to Grandview, Washington where she graduated from high school in 1919.  She went on to attain a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Education from Central Washington State College.  Following her artistic inclinations, she then attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, shortly before the college became Moore College of Art & Design in 1932. Founded in 1848, it was the first women's art school in the United States.

Returning to Yakima, Washington, McLane married Harry C. Cook and began a long association with Yakima Valley Junior College where she taught art courses into the late 1960's.  In addition to spending time in her studio, she also conducted public lectures and workshops.  The artist specialized in portraits, floral still life's, and graphic arts.  She was also an important member of the Women Painters of Washington.  

She and her husband endowed the Harry Christian Cook & Blanche McLane Cook Art Scholarship, in addition to donating their personal effects and artwork, to the Blanche McLane Cook Art Library within the Grandview Library, Grandview, Washington.

Information courtesy of the Grandview Library, Grandview, Washington.  Elizabeth Jahnke, Library Director.

Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Reseacher, Greenville, Michigan

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