The following information was submitted by Robert Martin, Wheeler School Archivist, Art Department Head, in May of 2006:
Mary Colman Wheeler, American, 1846-1920. Born in Concord, MA. Friend of the Alcott family, traveled in Europe with May Alcott. Studied in Paris 1876-1880 with Jacquesson de la Chevreuse and Raphael Collin. 1880, Charcoal portrait accepted at the Paris Salon. Taught art classes in Providence, Rhode Island from 1883-1920. Spent many summers in France, studied in Giverny with American Impressionists Frederick Frieseke, Richard Miller, Karl Beuhr, Guy Rose circa 1907-1912. Frieseke and others rented her leased house when she was stateside (called the "Hameau," situated next door to Monet's house. Student letters document contact with Monet during these visits.) Studied also with Willard Metcalf in Old Lyme, CT in 1905 and 1906.
Honors include "Officier d'Acadamie" from the French Government, 1911. Honorary Degree from Brown University, 1911. Elected as US Delegate for Congress on Drawing, 1900, 04, and 08, held in London, Paris, and Berne. (international symposiums on art education.)