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Lived/Active: North Carolina/California      Known for: portrait and still life painting

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The following information is submitted by David Smith, Greenville North Carolina:

PRICE. IRENE (1900-1971) was born November 28. 1900 in Savannah, Georgia, the daughter of Kelly W. and Blanch Waite Price. She moved to Wilmington when a child. Her desire to paint portraits began before the age of twelve.

She graduated cum laude from Trinity College (now Duke University), then taught French at Carolina College (1922-24), and later history at New Hanover High School. She gave up teaching to attend the Corcoran School of Art in Washington. D.C., for four years. For two summers she studied in Provincetown with Robert Brackman and Charles Hawthorne.

She did not study with Elisabeth Chant, as many Wilmington artists did, because she was attending the Corcoran School of Art when she first knew her, but Miss Chant invited her to use her studio whenever she wished.

She opened a studio on Market Street, then in the 1930's operated the Art Center on an upper floor of the Southern Building. One summer she had a studio at the Seashore Hotel on Wrightsville Beach. After this she moved to Raleigh.

In 1937 she was made State chairman of art in the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs. She was voted into membership in the North Carolina Professional Artists Club in1937. For a brief time she had a studio at 700 S. Main Street in Winston-Salem, then moved to Blowing Rock, N.C. where she spent most of her painting years.

She painted portraits of many prominent persons. among whom were Senator Simmons, Chief Justice Walter Parker Stacy, Justice Susie Sharp. Commissioner of Agriculture L.V. Ballentine. and the official portrait of Governor Luther Hodges and Mrs.. Rufus Hicks ("Mother of Sorosis·').

Ten of her portraits are hanging and Duke University). She exhibited works of art at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina, the Piedmont Festival in Winston-Salem, the Southern States Art League, the Blowing Rock Annual, the Greenville Show of North Carolina Portrait Painters, Duke University, and the Mint Museum. 
 
Her first one-man show in Wilmington was at St. John's Art Gallery in March. 1966. She died in Wilmington in July, 1971, and was buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
 
Sources for this biography were:  Personal interview with Gladys Price Trundle (sister), Hester Donnelly, Claude Howell, and Margaret Williams.  Obituary in the Wilmington News, July 24, 1971.  Program of St. John’s Art Gallery, March, 1966.
 

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Irene Roberta Price was born in Savannah, Georgia on August 2, 1900.  Price studied art at Duke University, Corcoran Art School, with Charles Hawthorne and Robert Brackman.  She spent her early career in North Carolina before moving to Santa Barbara, CA in the 1950s. 

Her work includes still lifes, landscapes and portraits of U.S. Supreme Court justices, judges, and politicians. 

Exhibited:  American Artists Professional League; Southern States Art League; North Carolina Federation of Women’s Club, 1937. 

Works held:  Virginia Military Institute; Duke University.
Source:
Census; Who's Who in American Art 1947-62; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).

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