Hilma Mole Payne (1901-1973)
Mrs. Payne was born Hilma
Mole in Morgan Utah of English and German descent. She was a graduate of Weber
College and the University of Utah where she obtained a Masters Degree in Fine
In 1928, she studied at the
Julian Academy in Paris and later at the California School of Arts and Crafts
Hilma Mole Payne was a
student of the internationally recognized artist J.T. Harwood. Some of her accomplishments include:
The painting of the State Capitol Building in the Salt Lake City, Paintings
exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts in New York City, President
of the Palette Club of Ogden Utah where she had a one man show of her paintings
at the Utah Power and Light Auditorium Jan. 1955.
Hilma held her first one man
show in 1922 while still a student at the University. It was held at the Commercial Club in the
Boston Bldg in Salt Lake City. Afterwards, she was invited to hold another one man show
at the Civic Auditorium on State Street. She was known to have exhibited in Ogden Utah, Oakland California, Pocatello
Idaho, Brigham City and Heber.
She also exhibited with the
Utah Art Institute at the 32nd Annual Exhibition held a the State
Capitol Building in Salt Lake in 1934.
Hilma was one of the early
Utah artists who were promoted by “Utah’s First Lady of the Arts” Alice Merrill Horne. She was
chosen to exhibit at her Annual Window Show of Paintings with her oil titled Golden
Autumn Themes. Her style would be
considered Impressionist, and her favorite subjects to paint were regional Utah
landscapes. She had the rare ability to work in any media with competency
including oils, watercolors, pastel, pen and ink and etchings.