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Margaret Ann Scruggs-Carruth was an etcher, teacher, illustrator, writer, lecturer, craftsperson, block printer, designer, and drawing specialist.
She was born in Dallas, Texas on February 18, 1892, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gross R. Scruggs. She was a direct descendent of Mary Todd Lincoln, and her maternal great-uncle, Sam Woodson Price, was a noted portrait painter in Kentucky. Her paternal great-aunt, Anna Dial Hearne, was a portrait painter and widely known for her flower pictures. In 1929, her Dallas address was 3715 Turtle Creek Boulevard.
Scruggs-Carruth was a teacher at Southern Methodist University and there served as Assistant Editor and Illustrator for Genealogical Research Publications.
She worked primarily in Dallas and summered in Indian River, Michigan, She also did tours to produce work in Chautauqua, New York; Washington DC; the Holy Land, and Europe, where she made 79 sketches of baronial castles.
She studied at Bryn Mawr College and Kirk's School of Philadelphia, graduating from both. She also studied with Texas artist Frank Reaugh for six years as well as Ralph Pearson and L. O. Griffith.
Memberships included: Texas Fine Arts Association, Dallas Art Association, Southern States Art League, American Federation of Arts, American Artists Professional League, Society of Medalists, Southern Print Makers, Dallas Printmakers Society, Prairie Printmakers, California Printmakers, Highland Park Arts Association, Woodcut Society, National League American Penwomen, Texas League of American Penwomen, Reaugh Art Club, Chairman of Art Department of Dallas Woman's Club, charter member of the Highland Park Society of Arts, Trustee of the Dallas Art Institute, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Texas Fine Arts Association.
Other memberships were: Daughters of Founders and Patriots, Daughters of Barons of Runnymede, The Order of the Crown of America, Order of the First Families of Virginia, Huguenot Society, Colonial Dames, Colonial Governors, Daughters of 1812, Association of University Women
Exhibitions include: Texas Artists, Nashville Tennessee, 1927, the first showing of a collection of paintings, etchings and sculptures of work of Texas artists ever held out of state.
Second Annual Allied Arts Exhibition of Dallas County 1929:
Third Annual Allied Arts Exhibition of Dallas County 1930:
Work of Texas Artists, sent in circuit by Texas Fine Arts Association
Fifth Annual Allied Arts Exhibition of Dallas County 1932:
Seventh Allied Dallas Arts Exhibition 1935:
Art of the Americas, Pre-Columbian and Contemporary 1937:
Twenty-Fourth Annual Exhibition by Texas Artists, Ft. Worth Museum of Art
Twenty-Seventh Annual Exhibition by Texas Artists, Ft. Worth Museum of Art
Sessler's Gallery, Philadelphia, included were "Garden of Gethsemane" and "The Agony Tree"
Ogunquit Art Center, Maine, 1931, 1934, received honors
1934 Woodcut Annual Exhibition
Dallas Allied Arts, 1932 (prize)
Texas Centennial Exposition, 1936
New York World Fair, 1939 - "Resisting the Wind" etching
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
University Club, Washington DC - bookplates and etchings
Sesquicentennial Exhibition, Philadelphia
Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, DC
Joseph Sartor Galleries of Dallas featured her work in three media
In addition to museums, her work is at the American Embassy in Bucharest, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the
Texas Federation Garden Clubs.
She exhibited "Resisting the Wind" at the New York Worlds Fair, 1939, and her painting "Independence Hall," was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts 34th annual print exhibition and again in 1927 where it won first prize in the Nashville, Tennessee exhibition. This show marked the first showing of a collection of paintings, etchings and sculptures of work of Texas artists ever held out of state. Still later this print won a print competition held by the Philadelphia Print Club
Her works were given as prizes by the Southern States Art Association, and as an annual prize by the National Poetry Contest conducted by the St. Louis Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.
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