Gertrude Abercrombie

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  • Gertrude
  • Abercrombie
  • Abercrombie
  • Bob Livingston
  • February 17, 1909
  • Austin, Texas
  • July 3, 1977
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Caucasian
  • 1912:  Ravinia, Illinois

    1913:  Berlin, Germany

    1915: 5728 S. Dorchester St., Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois

     
  • Chicago
  • Painter-Acrylic, Printmaker
  • 1929:  BA in romance languages, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
    1929:  School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    1929:  American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois
  • Architecture Figurative Interior views Portraiture
  • 1932:  Portraits of Chicago Artists by Chicago Artists, Increase Robinson's Studio Gallery, Chicago

    1933:  Grant Park Outdoor Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois

    1934, 1936, 1937:  Annual Exhibitions, Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists, Chicago, Illinois

    1934-1937:  Annual Exhibitions, Chicago Society of Artists, Chicago, Illinois

    1935:  Salon des Refuses, Davis Store Galleries, Chicago, Illinois

    1940:  International Water Color Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

    1935-1936:  Traveling Exhibition of the Chicago Society of Artists, Chicago, Illinois

    1935-1944, 1946-1951, 1953, 1955, 1960, 1967:  Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

    1945:  Society for Contemporary American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

    1946:  Solo, Associated American Artists Gallery, New York, New York

    1947 - circa 1972:  Hyde Park Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois

    1948:  Solo, Chicago Public Library, Art Room, Chicago, Illinois

    1948:  Contemporary American Painting, 1948-1951, Univeristy of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

    1952-1954, 1956-1958: Artist Member Exhibition, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1952-1964:  Solo, various galleries in Chicago, Aurora and Winnetka, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    1977:  Solo, Retrospective Exhibition, Hyde Park Art Century, Chicago, Illinois

    1983:  Gertrude Abercrombie and Friends, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

    1991:  Gertrude Abercrombie, State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago and Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

    The New Woman in Chicago, 1910-1945: Paintings from Illinois Collections, Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois

    1993:  Art Gallery (Chicago), Illinois State Museum, Lockport, Illinois

    2018:  Gertrude Abercrombie, Karma, 188 E. 2nd St., New York, New York
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    Burbank School, Chicago, Illinois

    Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

    Illinois State University Gallery, Normal, Illinois

    Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois

    Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois

    National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC

    Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, Illinois

    Private Collection of Powell and Barbara Bridges Collection, Wilmette, Illinois
  • Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art 1898 to 1947. Madison, CN: Soundview Press, 1985. Gertrude Abercrombie at www.sullivangoss.com/gertrude_abercrombie/ Greenhouse, Wendy. Chicago Painting, 1895-1945: The Bridges Collection. Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1999. Illinois State Museum. The Emergence of Modernism in Illinois 1914-1940. Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1976. Illinois State Museum. Gertrude Abercrombie and Friends. Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1983. Smith, Kent and Susan Weininger. Gertrude Abercrombie: an exhibition. Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1991. Weininger, Susan. "Gertrude Abercrombie." Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001. Yochim, Louise Dunn. Role and Impact: The Chicago Society of Artists. Chicago: The Society, 1979.
  • 1930s:  Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists

    circa 1930s to 1940s:  Chicago Society of Artists
  • 1936:  Joseph Eisendrath Prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1938:  Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Armstrong Prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1946:  William and Bertha Clusmann Prize, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931:  commercial artist, Mesirow department store, Chicago, Illinois

    1934-40:  WPA/Federal Art Project, Illinois
  • http://www.chicagomodern.org/artists/gertrude_abercrombie/
  • Friend of Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holliday, Thornton Wilder, and artist Karl Priebe.

    In 2011 Chicago station WTTW produced an Art Beat segment called "Gertrude Abercrombie: Midwestern Surrealist."

    Art Historian Susan Weininger has written two comprehensive biographical essays with additional materials about Gertrude Abercrombie. Please see: The catalog for the 1991 Illinois State Museum retrospective exhibit Gertrude Abercrombie, and the "Gertrude Abercrombie." Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.