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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Washington      Known for: landscape, urban, industrial scene

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Submitted by David Martin, May 2004

Frances Yvonne Twining (Mrs Irving Humber)

Born: December 5, 1907
Died: May 13, 2004
Seattle since 1943.

Private instruction with Katherine Allmond Hulbert
National Academy of Design, NYC 1925-31
Art Students League, NYC 1928-31
Recipient of two consecutive Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellowships, 1933 & 34, Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY.
Charles Hawthorne, Provincetown, MA 1928-30

Related Experience:
Public Works of Art Projects, New York 1934
WPA Boston, MA. Easel Division 1935-43
Instructor, Edison Vocational School, Painting Instructor 1940's

Three Arts Club, NYC 1929,30, 31, all solo exhibitions.
Gladys Roosevelt Dick Studio Gallery (GRD), New York, 1932
Macy's Galleries , NYC, 1933-36
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Hartford , 1935
National and Regional WPA exhibitions representing Boston, MA. 1935-43
Stockbridge, MA 1934, 35 (First Prize in Landscape), 36, 37.
Institute of Modern Art, Boston, MA. 1939, 41
National Academy of Design, 1935, 46
World's Fair, New York, 1939-40 (work illustrated in catalogue)
Contemporary Gallery, NYC, 1940
Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, DC., 1937
Women Painters of Washington 1945 to 1990 (Vice President 1947) Numerous awards
Seattle Art Museum, 1944, 46 (one-person), through 1960's.
Henry Art Gallery, 1940's and 50's.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1946-48
Northwest Printmakers, 1945-48
Denver Art Museum, 1948
San Francisco Museum of Art, 1948
Laguna Beach Art Association, 1948
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, 1977
Lyme Academy Gallery, Old Lyme, CT, 1987
Kinsey Gallery, Seattle University, 1992
Kirkland Art Center, 1995
Bellevue Art Museum, 1996
Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, CA ; Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM ; Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah; 1995-97
Governor's Mansion, Olympia, WA. 1996
Tacoma Art Museum, 1996-97
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, 1997

Independent Spirits, Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945, by Trenton, University of California Press, work and artist illustrated, 1995.

Yvonne Twining Humber: An Artist of the depression Era , Woman's Art Journal, Fall/Winter 1996, Volume 16, Number 3.

The Woman Artist and the American West: 1860-1960 , by Kovinick, University of Texas Press, 1998.

Permanent Collections:
Seattle Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum
Seattle University
Bellevue Art Museum
Library of Congress
Seattle School District
Malden Public Library, Malden, MA.
Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA.
Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont
Department of Public Works, Boston, MA.
Wolfsonian Institution, Miami, Florida and Genoa, Italy
Robert McLauchlin Gallery Museum, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

Biography from J. Franklin Fine Art, Inc.:
She was born in New York City on December 5, 1907 and in 1982 was living at 2340 West Viewmont Way, Seattle. She was a painter in oils and acrylic, and also did silkscreens and monoprints.

She studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in NY. She received the prestigious Tiffany Foundation Scholarship. In the 1930's, she worked on the WPA project extensively in Boston, painting many wonderful early pictures of the inner city in the typical WPA modern style.

By the 1940's, she had moved to Seattle with her husband Irving Humber and painted bustling Pike Place Market pictures, as well as pictures of the glorious NW mountainous landscape.

She was an active member of the Women Painters of Washington and the NW Artists Gallery. She exhibited extensively in the Northwest and on the East Coast from 1937 on. She is represented in the permanent collection of the Seattle Art Museum and elsewhere.

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