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 Maude Walling Wanker  (1882 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: Oregon      Known for: landscape-structures, missions

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Maude Wanker
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Impressionist landscape
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Steven Gummere, great grandson of the artist:

We have plenty of paintings by her in the family. Watercolors, oils, etc. She was commissioned by Ford Motor Company to paint a series on the Missions in the southwest. I have one of them, and I believe the rest are held by Ford. She is buried in Lincoln City Oregon.

She also has paintings hanging in the Oregon State Capitol. A painting of her is hanging in the Lincoln County Art Center in Lincoln City, Oregon. I believe that she was the founder (or one of the founders) of the Art Center.

Biography from The Artisfun Gallery:
MAUDE WALLING WANKER (1882-1970), American
(painter, illustrator, teacher, administrator)

Maude Walling Wanker (1882-1970) was born on October 22, 1882 in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  She studied art at the Museum Art School with Clara Jane Stephens, at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1936 with John Bernard Hinshaw, at the University of Oregon with Steinhof, and in Vienna.  She specialized in watercolors and oils.

Maude Wanker grew up in the Tualatin Valley, where she began she began sketching as a child.  After her marriage in 1901 and the birth of a child, she began attending the Museum Art School on an irregular basis.  In 1939 she was one of the three artists chosen to represent Oregon at the fourth National Exhibition of American Art, held in New York's Rockefeller Center.  Wanker moved to the Oregon Coast and devoted much of her organizational skills to the creation of the Lincoln County Art Association in 1941 and the Lincoln Art Center in 1942.  She dedicated herself to the Center for twenty-eight years.  In 1945 she opened her own gallery, The Paint Box Gallery, at Wecoma Beach, now part of Lincoln City.  This became a gathering place for a colony of local artists.

Between 1930 and 1940 Wanker painted almost one hundred depictions of Oregon's historical sites, traveling throughout the state to record them before they disappeared. These included the Old Methodist Church, the Old Blockhouse at the Dalles, and paintings of the Skidmore Fountain in Summer and Winter, which are in the Oregon Historical Society collection.  Wanker, who taught throughout her career, was a prolific painter.  She exhibited her oils and watercolors in twenty states, had one-person shows in ten states and was awarded over four hundred prizes.  She was an illustrator for the Ford Times.  Wanker was the first president of the Master Watercolor Society of Oregon, founded in 1958.

She was member of the American Artists Professional League, the Lincoln County Art Association, the Oregon Society of Artists, the Art Guild, the Oregon Amateur Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the Skidmore Fountain Art Center Inc.  She exhibited at the Oregon Society of Artists, the Seattle Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Arts Guild, the American Artists Professional League (1933-1937, 1939, 1953), the Meier and Frank Co., the National Exhibition of American Art, the Lake Oswego Country Club, retrospective, the Multnomah County Fair, the Lincoln County Art Center (1942, 1948, 1959), the Elfstrom Gallery, the Master Watercolor Society of Oregon 1958, the Attic Club, the Oregon Centennial 1959, the Oregon Historical Society 1990, and the Clatsop County Historical Society 1994.

Her work is represented in some of the most prestigious public and private collections, including, the Oregon Historical Society, the Capitol Collection, Salem, Oregon, the La Grande Library, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University.

Maude Walling Wanker died in Lincoln City, Oregon in October of 1970.

Oregon Painters-The First Hundred Years (1859-1959)
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