The Fleischer Museum

photo by John Hazeltine

Scottsdale, AZ



Feminine Visions: Women of the California School 1890-1930s


Fleischer Museum's new exhibition, Feminine Visions: Women Of The California School 1890-1930s, spotlights female artists of American Impressionism California School. Running through February 28, 2001, this exhibition features work by women who enriched the American art heritage with their achievements and contributions.

With a newfound ease of travel by train, many young artists headed west. Beautiful landscapes and bright sunny days intrigued these artists and many settled in San Francisco, the recognized art center of the West. Others chose the Los Angeles and Laguna Beach areas. The California School of Design opened in San Francisco, in 1874 and nearly fifty of the sixty students were women. These artists from Northern and Southern California became known as the California School of American Impressionism.

The celebrated artists included in this exhibition are:Jessie Arms Botke, Alice Brown Chittenden, Anna Althea Hills, Isabel Hunter, Mary DeNeale Morgan, Mary H. Ross, Donna Norine Schuster, Marion Kavanagh Wachtel and Nell Walker Warner. These women are remembered for perseverance in their field as they painted, exhibited and competed with the same enthusiasm as their male counterparts.

Feminine Visions: Women Of The California School 1890-1930s is in conjunction with the Museum's 2000 Cultural Arts Series. This Series features music performances and art lectures that take place at 2 pm on the third Sunday of each month, October through April. The highlight of these cultural events is the 3rd Annual Great Masters Series, with the music of renowned composer Antonio Vivaldi. The Great Masters Series boasts a concert every Sunday in March.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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