Martha Avey

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  • Martha
  • Avey
  • Avey
  • October 12, 1872
  • Arcola, Illinois
  • August 28, 1843
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Chicago, Illinois

    Eastport, Maine

    Fontainbleau, France

    New York, New Y0rk

    Rockport, Massachusetts

    1940: 1325 N. Kentucky, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with Mary Avey (age 81) and Newton Avey (age 67)
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Painter-Oil, Watercolorist
  • Columbia University
    1897-1901, summer 1905: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    American School of Art, Fontainebleau, France
    George Pearse Ennis School, Eastport, Maine
    Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, New York, New York
    W. Lester Stevens School, Rockport, Massachusetts
    Student of Ceclia Beaux, Maurice Braun, John H. Vanderpoel and Martha Walter
  • Array
  • 1935: Artists of the Southwest: An Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, Oklahoma: The Old Church

    1937:  Wolfe Art Club, New York, New York

    1938: Four-artist exhibit, Grant Studios, New York, New York

    1939: New York World's Fair, New York, New York

    2015: The First Fifty Years of Oklahoma Art, Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Association of Oklahoma Artists

    Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, New York

    Grant Studio, New York, New York

    Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Southern States Art League
  • Oklahoma Art League, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    John H. Vanderpoel Art Association, Beverly, Illinois
  • Price, B. Byron. Picture Indian Territory: Portraits of the Land that Became Oklahoma, 1819-1907. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
  • American Artists Professional League

    Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

    Oklahoma Art Association

    Southern States Art League
  • circa 1900-1906: teacher, Oklahoma Public School system; developed art program; first art supervisor 1906

    1906-1918: private teacher

    1925-1938: Oklahoma City University; organized art curriculum, head of department
  • An art teacher in the Oklahoma City public school system as well as fine-art painter, Martha Avey worked in oils and watercolors to depict wildflowers, portraits, and many landscapes in her region as well as in Europe.

    She grew up in Illinois and by the age of ten, had memorized all the varieties of wildflowers in her area and made watercolor sketches of them. In 1892, she moved to Oklahoma with her family. She took art training in New York City at Columbia University and in Chicago at the Art Institute.

    She developed an art program for the Oklahoma City public school system and became the city's first art supervisor in 1906. However, family illness caused her to retire. In 1925, she organized an art curriculum at Oklahoma City University and was head of that department until 1938.

    She exhibited regularly with the association of Oklahoma Artists and the Southern States Art League.

    Source: "An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West" by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick