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 Frances Johnson Skinner  (1902 - 1983)

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: portrait, abstract, still life and animal painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Frances Johnson Skinner was born in Dallas, Texas on October 22, 1902, and moved to Houston, Texas in 1942.  She was affectionately known to her close friends as “Teacher”. She was married to Carnegie Frank Skinner, better known as simply, Frank.  She passed away in October 1983 while living in her home on University Blvd. in Houston’s West University neighborhood. She now rests in Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas.
She studied in the Houston Museum School of Art; Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California, (now the California Institute of The Arts), and with Everett Spruce of Dallas, Texas.
Her work has been represented in numerous exhibitions including Mid-Western Artists, Kansas City; Artists West of the Mississippi, Denver; San Francisco World’s Fair; Texas Centennial, Dallas; New Zealand-Wesleyan College Exchange Exhibit; Exchange Exhibit, The Hague, Holland; Pennsylvania Academy Annual, Philadelphia, and the National Academy of Design Annual, The American Contemporary Art, Rockefeller Center; and Argent Galleries in New York City, and in One man shows in Sartor Galleries, Dallas; Dallas Little Theatre; Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, Texas; and the Junior League of Houston, Houston, Texas.
She was awarded Purchase Prize, Dallas Museum League, 1940; Kiest Prize, Dallas, 1941; Lawrence Award, Dallas, 1942; First Prize, Texas Fine Arts Association, 1943 and Watercolor Prize, 1948; Purchase Prize, Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, 1943; Prize for Still Life, National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, 1945; Prize Texas General Exhibition, 1947; First Prize, Texas Fine Arts, 1949, National Association of Women Painters, Mildred Aiken prize for portraits, New York, 1949.
Examples of her work have been acquired by numerous collectors, as well as by the Dallas and Houston Museums, and the Dallas Public School District.  She once held the position of Instructor of Drawing and Painting at the Museum School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts of Houston.

Submitted by Steve Wilson, whose father was a close friend of the artist

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