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 Florence Ellen Ware  (1891 - 1971)

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Lived/Active: Utah/California      Known for: landscape, mural, figure and interior painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from a source who wishes to remain anonymous and who credits the book, "Artists of Utah" :

This fine teacher, painter, and spirited citizen was born and raised in Salt Lake City as the daughter of well-known local architect Walter E. Ware. After studying art at the University of Utah, she moved on for three years of post graduate work at the Art Institute of Chicago; a twelve-month sojourn at Laguna Beach, California; and then eight months with Charles W. Hawthorne at Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Beginning in 1918, Ware taught at the University of Utah for over twenty-five years (with occasional breaks for further study), and was a very active private art instructor as well. Today, she is best known for her two WPA- sponsored murals in Kingsbury Hall at the U of U, for quite a number of fine, painterly landscape views in various Utah collections, and for several painted figure studies that very effectively express a woman's life.

Ware was very interested in interior decoration as well; she once wrote, "Interiors, fabrics, gardens, and nature I should like to arrange, so far as I am able, the perfect setting for a work of art." Ware's life was called "one of artistic harmony" by Mae Huntington of the Springville Gallery, a designation that seems entirely appropriate. Upon her passing, a Florence Ware bequest established a scholarship at the U of U. (b. May 6; d. November 11)

from the book "Artists of Utah"

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Born in Salt Lake City, UT on May 6, 1891, Florence Ware studied at the University of Utah, Art Institute of Chicago, California College of Arts and Crafts, and with Charles W. Hawthorne in Provincetown.

During summers of 1918 into the 1930s she often painted in Laguna Beach where she was a pupil of Anna Hills.  During 1916-1956 she taught art at the University of Utah. Unmarried, she died in Salt Lake City on Nov. 11, 1971.

Member: Society of Arts & Sciences (NY).

Utah Art Inst., 1928 (prize); Laguna Beach AA, 1930; Springville (UT) Museum, 1931; Art Barn (SLC), 1942 (solo); CPLH, 1947.

Kingsbury Hall, Univ. of Utah (WPA murals); Springville (UT) Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1915-33; Women Artists of the American West; Who's Who in American Art 1936-41; Salt Lake Tribune, 11-13-1971 (obituary).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

Biography from Karen L. North, Private Art Dealer:
Beginning in 1923, Florence Ellen Ware was an art instructor through the University of Utah’s Adult Extension Division, as well as a private art instructor.  Ware received her formal art education at the University of Utah and the Art Institute of Chicago.  Prior to 1930, she also studied with artists Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872-1930) at the Cape Cod School of Art and Anna Hills (1882-1930) in Laguna Beach, California.

Fellow Utah artist, George Dibble wrote about Ware’s style as dealing “with a pleasant, well-schooled sort of beauty that delights the eye with a consistently ordered and highly controlled palette.  The lighting on her landscapes is gentle and friendly to the forms on which it falls.”(1)  Indeed, the very best examples of Florence Ware’s works are the many landscapes she completed which focus on the intimate qualities of nature.  These compositions often contained the native Utah aspen trees and mountains.  Based on her frequent portrayal of these subjects, Ware was acclaimed as the “Aspen School” artist.(2) 

Though her most expressive works were her landscapes, Ware’s most famous works are the murals located in Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City.  The murals were completed as a WPA directed project in the 1930s.  Florence Ware's work is found in museums and private collections and is represented in fine art galleries in Utah and California.

1 Dibble, George. “Florence Ware Exhibit is Disciplined Beauty”, The Salt Lake Tribune: Sunday, October 30, 1966.
2 Dibble, George, “One Painter Finds Brush to be Vital”, The Salt Lake Tribune: Sunday, June 27, 1971.

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