Minerva Chapman

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  • Minerva
  • Josephine
  • Chapman
  • Chapman
  • December 6, 1858
  • Altmar, New York
  • June 14, 1947
  • Palo Alto, California
  • 1887-1925: mostly Paris, France

    1925-1947: Palo Alto, California
  • Miniaturist, Painter-Oil
  • 1875: University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    1876-1878: Mount Holyoke College
    student of Jules-Joseph Lefebvre
    Academie Julian, Paris, France
    Student of Jocobedis, Munich, Germany
    1880-1886: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Student of Annie Shaw and John Vanderpoel
    1887-1889: Student of Charles Lasar and Tony Robert-Fleury, Paris
    1889-1897: Student of Raphael Colling, William-Adolphe Bouguerau and Gustave-Claude-Etienne Courtois, Paris, France
    student of Emile René Ménard
  • 1886: Paris, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Munich
  • Array
  • 1893: World's Columbian Exposition, Woman's Department, Chicago, Illinois; The Village Church

    1897 or 1889-1926: Paris Salon de la Sociétè Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

    February 1-27, 1898: Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Going Home; At Home; Our Garden; Railroad Embankment, Etaples, France; Still Life, Window Sill; Still Life, Study in Metal; Still Life; Portrait of Mrs. S…; Portrait of Mr. C…..

    1898: Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculptures by American Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; A Studio Corner, 1898, oil on canvas; Portrait of Mr. J.L. C. Jr.; Portrait of Miss J.P.L.

    1899: Champs de Mars, Sociétè Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France; A Studio Corner, 1898, oil on canvas

    1900: Society of American Artists, New York, New York

    1901: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York

    1901: Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1903: National Academy of Design, Washington, D.C.

    January - ?, 1908: Miniatures of Minerva J. Chapman, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    1908, 1914: American Society of Miniature Painters, New York, New York

    1913: Royal Academy of London, England

    1915, 1916: Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, California

    1917: Adams-Davidson Gallery, Washington D.C.

    1918-1921: California Society of Miniature Painters,

    1919: Palo Alto Art Club, Palo Alto, California

    1919: Philadelphia Society of Miniature Painters, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    1925: Syracuse (NY) Museum of Fine Art, Syracuse, New York

    1933, 1934: A Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings & Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    January 18-February 16, 1974: Wortsman Rose Galleries [retrospective]

    1986: Mount Holyoke College

    1997: Potsdam College

    1997: Jefferson County Historical Society

    2006: Off the Pedestal: New Women in the Art of Homer, Chase, and Sargent, Frick Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2007: traveling exhibition, shown in Pittsburgh


    American Women's Art Association, Paris, France

    American Art Students Club, Paris, France

    American Women's Club, Paris, France

    International Art Union Lodge, Paris, France

    Society of American Artists, New York, New York

    Society of Western Artists, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Luxembourg Museum, Paris, France

    Mount Holyoke College

    National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Garden of the Tuileries, Paris
  • "Minerva Chapman's Miniature" Costume and the New Woman, Dress, January 1, 2002. 29 (1) pp. 75-85.
  • American Society of Miniature Painters

    1909-?: International Art Union; first woman president 1914

    Society of Western Artists
  • 1915, 1916: gold medals, Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, California
  • Woman of Courage profile written and produced by the St. Lawrence County, New York Branch of the American Association of University Women
  • Oldest of four children born to James Lincoln Chapman and Agnes Barnes.  Her father owned a successful tannery in the 1850s. The family moved to Chicago shortly after her birth, where her father continued in the tannery industry. He later founded the First National Bank of Chicago.

    Friend of artist Jessie Pixley Lacey.

    September 1914: aboard SS New York from Liverpool to New York, then on to Arlington Heights, Illinois.

    By her own count, she did 181 miniatures.  Also lots of watercolors, oil on canvas.  She rarely signed her works.

    quit painting in 1932 due to poor eyesight