Bessie Vonnoh

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  • Bessie
  • Onahotema
  • Potter
  • Bessie O. Potter
  • Vonnoh
  • Robert Vonnoh (?-December 28, 1933), early impressionist painter; married September 1899; lived separately from mid-1920s
  • n/a
  • August 17, 1872
  • St. Louis, Missouri/Cleveland, Ohio
  • March 8, 1955
  • New York, New York
  • Irish and Scottish
  • 1872-1877: St. Louis, Missouri

    1877: moved to Chicago, Illinois with mother

    7120 Harvard Ave, Chicago, Illinois

    May 1898-?: New York, New York (with her mother)

    1911:  40 W. 57th St., New York, New York

    summer home: Cornish, New Hampshire
  • Chicago, Illinois

    New York, New York
  • in her home while in high school 1892: Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois 1894-1898: Athenaeum Building, Chicago, Illinois
  • Sculptor
  • Cook County Normal School; student of Kristian Schneider
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Student of Lorado Taft
  • summer 1895: Paris, France

    Florence, Italy
  • Array
  • 1892: Palette Club, Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. Charles Henrotin

    1893: World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois

    October 1894: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Portrait Bust—Mr. L.T. [Lorado Taft]

    1894-1922: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    1896: Society of American Artists, New York, New York

    May 1-October 31, 1897: Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition, Nashville, Tennessee: Twins; Spirit of the Water; Maternity

    1900: Exposition Universelle, Paris, France

    1904:  Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St Louis, Missouri

    February 5-March 26, 1911: 106th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Scarf; The Dance; Sketch in Terra Cotta [5]

    1913: Brooklyn Institute of Arts, Brooklyn, New York

    1913: Montross Gallery, New York, New York

    1913: White House, Washington, D.C.

    1914: Doll and Richards, Boston, Massachusetts

    November 7-29, 1914:  Twenty-Fifth Annual Exhibition of the New York Water Color Club, American Fine Arts Building, New York, New York; Dancing Girl

    March 10-30, 1915: The Dance as Interpreted in Marble and Bronze by American Sculptors, The Macbeth Gallery, New York, New York; The Dance

    1916: Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York

    1916: City Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

    May 3-22, 1919: Recent American Sculpture in Bronze, Wood and Terra Cotta, The Milch Galleries, New York, New York; Water Lilies; Goodnight; A Sketch; Youth; Daphne; The Kiss – all sculptures

    May 2-30, 1921: American Sculpture for the Town and Country House, The Milch Galleries, New York, New York; Allegresse; Water Lilies

    1921: Carson Pirie Scott & Co, Chicago, Illinois

    1921-1928: joint exhibitions with her husband, Robert Vonnoh

    1933, 1934: A Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings & Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois [acquired 7 figures in May 1895, first by a woman sculptor in the collection; all replaced with later works as “her career developed”]

    Roosevelt Memorial, Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary, Oyster Bay, New York; garden sculpture

    United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.
  • Aronson, Julie Alane, “Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955) and Small Bronze Sculpture in America,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Delaware, 1995 Connor, Janis and Joel Rosenkranz. Rediscoveries in American Sculpture Studioworks 1893-1939, 1989. Rubenstein, Charlotte Streifer. American Women Sculptors: A History of Women Working in Three Dimensions, 1990. Schneidhorst, Amy C. Bessie Onahotema Potter Vonnoh” in Schultz, Rima Lunin and Adele Hast, eds. Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: a biographical dictionary. Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press, 2000. Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, “Tears and Laughter Caught in Bronze: A Great Woman Sculptor Recalls Her Trials and Triumphs,” Delineator, October 1925.
  • The Little Room, Chicago, Illinois; co-founder 1894; met in her studio

    National Academy of Design, New York, New York; first female full, permanent member
  • May 1895: purchase award for Art Institute of Chicago with the Arche Club; Chrysanthemum Girl, 1894; William B., 1895; Mildred, 1895; A Summer Girl, 1894; An American Girl, 1895; Evelyn, 1895; Miss F., 1895

    1897: Arche Club Salon, Chicago, Illinois; The Twins

    1896: second prize for sculpture, Tennessee Centennial Exposition, Nashville, Tennessee; A Young Mother

    1904: Julia A. Shaw Memorial Prize, National Academy of Design; Enthroned
  • Chicago Public Library, Chicago Art Institute Scrapbooks, 1981-1938
  • attended Cook County Norma School, while Col. Francis W. Parker was principal

    her mother helped out with domestic matters after Vonnoh married

    first American artist to have an exhibition at the White House