Adele Williams

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  • Adele
  • Fay
  • possibly Virginia Adele Fay
  • Williams
  • Reginald Hamilton Williams (?-1916); married circa 1901
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • September 23, 1859
  • Joliet or Rock Island, Illinois
  • August 17, 1937
  • Joliet, Illinois
  • 1870 census: Joliet, Illinois; parents WD Fay and CR Fay; listed as “Della”

    1880 census: 44 Richard St., Joliet, Illinois

    1887 Joliet Directory: “A,.& W. Fay” at 107 Richards, Joliet, Illinois

    circa 1891: Emporia, Kansas

    1891, 1893: 107 Richard St, Joliet, Illinois

    1893 Directory: artist, r. 107 Richards, Joliet, Illinois

    1893-?: Paris

    1901: New York, New York

    1903: 105 W. 40th St., New York, New York

    1916: returned to Joliet, Illinois

    1920 census; Ottawa St., Joliet
  • Joliet, Illinois

    New York, New York

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1887: 107 Richards St., Joliet, Illinois  
  • Drawing, Illustrator, Painter-Oil, Pastelist, Printmaker
  • Chicago Academy of Design, Chicago, Illinois
    Art Students League, New York, New York; student of William Chase
    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1893: Colarossi Academie, Paris, France
    Student of Lasar
    Eragny par Gisors, France; Student of Camille Pissaro
  • Paris, France
  • Array
  • 1891: Annual Exhibition, Palette Club, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1892: 10th Annual Exhibition, Palette Club, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Beehives, oil; A Western Plain, oil; sketch, oil; sketch, oil

    1893: World's Columbian Exposition, Woman's Department, Chicago, Illinois

    All-Illinois Society of Fine Arts, Chicago, Illinois; Beehives; Supper-Time; An Alley-Way; O’er True Tale [all in Illinois Building]; Wall Frieze [Reception Room of Illinois Building]

    October 25-November 25, 1912: Third Annual Exhibition of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    1913: Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; The Queen of Cats; Orange and Black

    1913: Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Annual Exhibition of the Art Students League of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    April 2-May 22, 1989: Seeing the Land, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois; Highland Park with Red Mill in the Distance, pen and ink; Downtown Joliet, 1929, pen and ink; Fire Brick Kilns at General Refractory Plant, 1928, pen and ink; Steel and Wire Co. Plant, pen and ink

    ? 1995-January 13, 1996: Adele Fay Williams and Dorothy Dow: Women of Strength, Illinois Art Gallery, Lockport, Illinois
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

    Joliet Area Historical Society, Joliet, Illinois

    Joliet Public Schools, Joliet, Illinois

    Adele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints, Lewis University, Chicago, Illinois

  • Chalmer, F. Graeme. Women in the Nineteenth Century Art World. Westport, 1988. Galvin, Paul V. “World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893,” Library Digital History Collection, Illinois Institute of Technology. Seeing the Land, Lewis University, 1989 [exhibition catalog]; online Sparks, Esther. “A Biographical Dictionary of Painters and Sculptors in Illinois 1808-1945.” dissertation, Northwestern University, 1972. Weimann, Jeanne Madeline. The Fair Women, Chicago, 1981. 2 drawings included in Lamb, John. Lockport, Illinois: The Old Canal Town. Arcadia Publishing, 1999.
  • Association of Pittsburgh Artists, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Experimentalists, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; charter member
  • October 25-November 25, 1912: watercolor-pastel prize: Third Annual Exhibition of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    1913: Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Prize, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Art Student League Prize, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Chairman, Art Extension, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

    Staff artist, Washington DC Times, Washington DC

    Staff artist/art critic, Pittsburgh Spectator, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Staff artist/art critic, Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Staff artist/art critic, New York World, New York, New York

    Staff artist/art critic, Joliet Herald-News, Joliet, Illinois

    Staff writer, New York Journal, New York, New York

    1920: appointed member of Art Extension Committee, University of Illinois
  • biography and images of drawings done 1926-1932 on Adele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints, Lewis University website

  • Parents:  William David (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania May 23, 1827-?) and Catharine Rosalia Waldron (Hartford, Pennsylvania-?) Fay

    Sibling:  Winnifred W. (Joliet February 5, 1862-April 5, 1940 Davenport, Iowa); artist