Alice Chittenden -
Wildflower painter, Alice Chittenden,
was born October 14, 1859 in Brockport, New York. Her family moved to
San Francisco while she was a baby, and it remained her home for the
rest of her life. She attended the California School of Design winning
honors in drawing in 1877 and 1878. In 1879 Chittenden won the school's
Avery Silver Medal in oil painting.
Alice Chittenden briefly married Charles P. Overton in 1886. The couple
had one daughter. While continuing her painting career, Chittenden
taught at the California School of Design from 1897 to 1940.
Famous for her Wild flower oil paintings, Chittenden painted over 350
varieties in 256 studies. She also painted portraits usually in pastels
and landscapes mostly of Marin County, California.
Alice Chittenden exhibited for over 60 years. Her shows included San
Francisco Art Association; First Annual exhibition of the Lady Artists
of San Francisco; Bohemian Club; Sketch Club; California State Fair,
Sacramento; California Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago;
California Building, Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland;
Societe des Artistes Francaise, Paris and California Building,
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific International Exposition, Seattle.
Alice Chittenden died October 13, 1944 in San Francisco, California.
Member: SFAA; SF Women Artists; Sketch
Exh: School of Design, 1879 (silver medal); SFAA from 1879; Expo. of Art
and Industries (SF), 1891 (gold medal), 1893 (silver medal); Calif.
State Fair, 1891 (silver medal); World’s Columbian Expo (Chicago), 1893
(silver medal); Calif. Midwinter Int'l Expo, 1894; Mark Hopkins Art
Inst., 1898, 1906; Bohemian Club, 1898; Lewis & Clark Expo (Portland),
1905 (silver medal); Société des Artistes Français (Paris), 1908
(award); Schussler Gallery (SF), 1908 (solo); Alaska-Yukon Expo
(Seattle), 1909 (award); Del Monte Art Gallery, 1909-12; Golden Gate
Park Museum, 1916 (solo); Stanford Art Gallery, 1918, 1922 (solos); SFMA,
1935; GGIE, 1939.
canvas, 25 x 20 inches
Credits: "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West" by Phil
Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick
"Children at the Beach"
Oil on board, 12 x 15 inches
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