Enella Benedict

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  • Enella
  • Benedict
  • December 21, 1858
  • Lake Forest, Illinois
  • April 6, 1942
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • 1895-1908+?: 335 S Halsted St, Chicago

    1889: 4 Washington Place

    1891: Lake Forest, Illinois

    1907: 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois

    1908: 355 S. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Drawing, Painter-Oil, Pastelist, Watercolorist
  • 1874-1877: Lake Forest University – painting and drawing
    1903-1904, 1910-1911:  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    Art Students’ League, NYC
    Académie Julian, Paris, student of Jules Joseph Levebre, JeanJoseph Benjamin-Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens
  • Paris, France

    spent summers at her cottage in Westport Point, Massachusetts
  • Array
  • April 13-May 25, 1889: Water Color Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Sand Dunes, St. Joseph, Mich., watercolor

    March 23-April 19, 1891: Third Spring Exhibition of Water Color, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Thames at Windsor, watercolor

    April 24-May 10, 1891: Eighth Annual Exhibition Palette Club, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; In the Luxembourg Gardens, watercolor; English Landscape, watercolor

    1893: World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Chicago, Illinois  Brittany Children, oil on canvas

    1895: Annual Exhibit, Palette Club, Chicago, Illinois

    December 12, 1895-1896: The 2nd Annual Exhibition of the Art Students’ League of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago: A Foot Path, watercolor and Salt Marsh and Cedars, watercolor

    November 7029, 1897: 8th Annual Exhibition of New York Water Color Club, [had their own gallery?], New York, New York: St. Christine’s Girls.

    1889, 1911, 1912: Annual Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels and Miniatures by American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; 1911:   Greek Easter Procession on Halsted St., pastel; 1912: The Many, pastel

    1900-1926: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (8 times)

    1900: Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings & Sculpture by American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    January 14-February 23, 1901: 70th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Evening in the Village, watercolor or drawing

    October 20-November 29, 1908: Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings & Sculpture by Contemporary American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago Society of Artists
  • Hull House, Chicago, Illinois

    National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

    Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois

    Smithsonian Collection, Washington, DC
  • Cameron, William E. The World's Fair, Being a Pictorial History of the Columbian Exposition: Containing a Complete History of the World-Renowned Exposition at Chicago1893. Falk, Peter Hastings. The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute fo Chicago, 1888-1950. 1990. Ganz, Cheryl R., Enella Benedict. Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. ed. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2001. Ed. Ganz, Cheryl; Strobel, Margaret. Pots of Promise: Mexicans and Pottery at Hull-House, 1920-1940. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004(9/14/1826-4/20/1913)
  • Palette Club, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1893: first prize, 50th Annual Black-and-white Exposition of the Chicago Society of Artists, Chicago, Illinois: The Singing Spinners
  • 4 items consisting of 2 items of correspondence exchanged between Enella Benedict and Jane Addams, a tribute to Benedict read at her funeral service in 1942, and a bookplate at University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.
  • teacher, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    Director of art programs at Hull House Art School for nearly 50 years; taught clay modeling, drawing, and lithography
  • Wikipedia page

  • She was the daughter of cloth merchant Amzi (9/14/1826-4/20/1913) and Catherine Courtland Walmath Benedict (1829-8/30/1907); both born in New York, New York. Amzi Benedict was with the Field, Benedict & Company firm and was a city council member and mayor of Lake Forest. Her younger siblings included Caroline, William Walrath Benedict (1857-1858), Albert Grant Benedict (1864-1880), Sidney Amzi Benedict (1867-1938) and Kate Waltrath Benedict (1870-1881).

    Some her students were Morris Topchevsky, Francis Smith, Donald Benson Blanding, William Jacobs