Julia Wendt

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  • Julia
  • M
  • Bracken
  • exhibited as Julia Bracken
  • Wendt
  • William Wendt; landscape painter; met in hotel while working on the 1893 Fair; married 1906 German immigrant to American at age 15
  • June 10, 1871
  • Apple River, Illinois
  • June 22, 1942
  • Laguna Beach, California
  • Irish
  • 1876: Galena, Illinois

    1892-1893: hotel near grounds of World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois; with Janet Scudder, Carol Brooks, Enid Yandell, Bessie Potter Vonnoh

    1906-1936: Los Angeles, California

    summer 1908: Chicago, Illinois

    1909-1910: Chicago, Illinois

    1936-1942: Laguna Beach, California

    Englewood, Illinois
  • Chicago, Illinois

    Los Angeles, California
  • #19 Studio Tree Bldg., State & Ontario streets, Chicago, Illinois 1906-?: 2814 N. Sichel St., Los Angeles, California; with her husband
  • Sculptor
  • 1887-1892: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Student of Lorado Taft; paid for by Alice Stahl
  • Array
  • 1893: World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois

    1895: Annual Exhibition, Palette Club, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    May 1-October 31, 1897: Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition, Nashville, Tennessee:  Relief; Bust of Child

    Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 1899-1910: (9 times)

    February 3-?, 1903: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. Patrick Campbell

    January 29-February 24, 1907: Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: Memorial Tablet, plaster

    1904: Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St Louis, Missouri

    1905: Chicago Municipal League, Chicago, Illinois

    1908: The Chicago Society of Artists, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; bronze relief; An American Girl, plaster

    1909: exhibit of work by both Wendts, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; 16 plaster sculptures

    1915: Pan-California Expo, San Diego, California

    1918: California Art Club,

    1921: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois [exhibit with husband]

    1929: National Sculpture Society,

    National Sculpture Society, Los Angeles Museum, Los Angeles, California
  • Vanderpoel Art Museum Collection

    Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
  • Clark, Katherine, “Julia Bracken Wendt,” Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary (edited by Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast “Girls with Genius,” Topeka State Journal, 1892 Haynes, Landon. “Julia Braken Wendt: California Women of Distinction,” Los Angeles Times, March 9, 1924 James, Eleanor Minturn, “From Gingerbread Men to Sculpture,” Los Angeles Times, January 5, 1930 Maxwell, Everett C. “The Art of Julia Bracken Wendt, Noted Sculptures,” Fine Arts Journal, November 1910 Moure, Nancy Dustin W. Dictionary of Art and Artists in Southern California before 1930, 1978 Peattie, Wlia W. “Child Studies by Chicago Sculptors.” The Federation Bulletin, January 1910. Rubinstein, Charlotte Streifer. American Women Sculptors: A History of Women Working in Three Dimensions. 1990
  • Bohemia Guild, Chicago, Illinois

    Chicago Society of Artists, Chicago, Illinois [served on board]

    Chicago Municipal Art League, Chicago, Illinois

    Cosmopolitan Art Club, Chicago, Illinois

    Industrial Art League, Chicago, Illinois [served on board]

    Municipal Art League, Chicago, Illinois [served on board]

    Society of Western Artists, Chicago, Illinois

    Los Angeles Fine Art Association, Los Angeles, California [3 years]

    California Art Society, Los Angeles, California [helped start it]


    Three Arts Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

    Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, California
  • Missionary Ridge, Tennessee

    1898: Sculpture Prize, Chicago, Illinois [first one in Chicago for sculpture]

    1905: Municipal Art League Prize, Chicago, Illinois

    1915: Gold Medal, Pan-California Exposition, San Diego, California

    1918: Harrison Prize, Los Angeles, California


    Commissions: 1892: Illinois Welcoming the Nations for Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois

    Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California

    Battle Monument,
  • 1984: domestic, home of Alice B. Stahl, Evanston, Illinois

    1887-1892: Member of White Rabbits group helping Lorado Taft complete sculpture for Columbian Expo 1893

    7 years: Teacher, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • page on the "Women Out West" blog
  • Parents:  Andrew and Mary McNamara Bracken

    Siblings:  12

    after the 1893 Fair, she cared for her terminally ill father and orphaned children of one sister

    suffragette; see her “Open Letter” in Anthony E. Anderson’s column, “Art and Artists,” Los Angeles Times, Decembe 26, 1898

    see also Los Angeles Times, September 7, 1919