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 Louise Pershing  (1904 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: floral, landscape-urban, portrait painting

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Louise Pershing was born in 1904 and  studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in Philadelphia. She later attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied under Aalexander Kostellow and G. Romanoglie.  Pershing also studied with the abstract expressionist Hans Hoffman.  She was a member of the National Association of Women Artists, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.

Pershing's first public exhibition was in 1927, with the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.  In the 1931 exhibition she won the Art Society of Pittsburgh Prize for her portrait Mrs. Little.  This work was later purchased by the One Hundred Friends of Pittsburgh Art.  In 1932 she won the The Third and Prize Award for her painting Age Dreams, and she was also chosen for the Carnegie Institute's first summer exhibition of selected Pittsburgh artists.  In 1935, the Carnegie Institute held its second exhibition of selected Pittsburgh artists, and Pershing was among those chosen to exhibit.  She also appeared in the 4th, 6th, 7th, and the 12th Carnegie Institute exhibitions.  In November 1942, her painting Mrs. Little was featured in the One Hunderd Friends of Pittsburgh Art exhibition.  Pershing had a long and successful career, having fourteen one-woman shows. and winning numerous awards, including prizes in the 1931, 1932, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1967, and 1970 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh exhibitions.  She also exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1934; with the National Association of Women Artists in 1936 (prize); the Wichita Museum of Art 1936 (prize); the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1936 the Cincinnati Art Museum 1936-1940; the Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, 1936-1946; the Art Institute of Chicago, 1938, 1942 ,1943, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1939; the Golden Gate Exhibition, San Francisco, 1939; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1942; the State Teachers College at Indiana, Pa., 1944 (prize); the Springfield, Massachusetts Art Museum, 1944 and 1945; and had a one-women show at the Contemporary Art Gallery in 1944.  In March  1942, the Carnegie Galleries in Pittsburgh held a retrospective in her honor.  Pershing remained active throughout the 1970's.

Louise M. Pershing died in 1986 in Pittsburgh.

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