Historic American Art Colonies
This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Historic American Art Colonies." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date. Also see Art Clubs and Societies.
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Articles and essays from Resource Library:
Art Colonies (general information)
Berkeley Art Colony
Blue Dome Group
Byrdcliffe Art Colony
Cape Ann Art Colony
Carmel/Monterey Peninsula Art Colony
Cos Cob Art Colony
Dublin Art Colony
East End Art Colony
Hampton Bays Art Colony
Laguna Art Colony
Los Angeles Art Colony
Lyme Art Colony
Matunuck Art Colony
Mississippi Art Colony
Monhegan Island Art Colony
Mystic Art Association
New Hope Art Colony
Ogunquit Art Colony
Provincetown Art Colony
Richmond Art Colony
Ridgefield Art Colony
Rockport Art Colony
Roycroft Art Colony
San Diego Art Colony
San Francisco Area Art Colonies
Santa Barbara Art Colony
Santa Fe Art Colony
Scalp Level School
Shinnecock Art Colony
St. Augustine Art Colony
Taos Art Colony
White Mountains Art Colony
Woodstock Art Colony
As of 5/20/11 TFAO Free Online Digital Library contained 445 references to the phrase "Art Colony" via search.
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Barn Door Video Productions offers a 1 1/2-minute clip from the video The Dublin Art Colony Collection at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. According to the Barn Door web site: "Dublin New Hampshire was home to a group of painters in the late 1800's, which became known as The Dublin Art Colony. This 11-minute video gives a brief overview of the work of 9 artists that were part of this group. This video is shown in the Keene State College Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery to introduce visitors to this group of painters whose work is featured in the permanent collection at The Thorne." Paul Tuller, owner of Barn Door Video Productions in Dublin, NH and the video's narrator, founded the non-profit organization, The Friends of the Dublin Art Colony. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Florence Griswold Museum's page on YouTube links to Once Upon a Time in Old Lyme: The Story of an American Art Colony, a 19 minute DVD produced by the Museum in 2007. See Part 1 [9:50] and Part 2 [9:38] of the video. Accessed May, 2015.
KETC/St. Louis offers a video archive of segments from the series Living St. Louis. A segment titled Ste. Genevieve Art Colony cover in depth this depression-era Missouri art colony. Accessed July, 2015
Provincetown: An Art Colony [5:54] Accessed May, 2015.
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A Google Book Search conducted April 26, 2008 located 13 books featuring either full view or limited view with the search phrase "American art colonies." An example is:
The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, By Susan G. Larkin, National Academy of Design (U.S.), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Denver Art Museum. Published 2001 by Yale University Press. 246 pages. ISBN:0300088523. Google Books says: "What Argenteuil in the 1870s was to French Impressionists, Cos Cob between 1890 and 1920 was to American Impressionists Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, John Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, and their followers. These artists and writers came together to work in the modest Cos Cob section of Greenwich, Connecticut, testing new styles and new themes in the stimulating company of colleagues. This beautiful book is the first to examine the art colony at Cos Cob and the role it played in the development of American Impressionist art.During the art-colony period, says Susan Larkin, Greenwich was changing from a farming and fishing community to a prosperous suburb of New York. The artists who gathered in Cos Cob produced work that reflects the resulting tensions between tradition and modernity, nature and technology, and country and city. The artists' preferred subjects -- colonial architecture, quiet landscapes, contemplative women -- held a complex significance for them, which Larkin explores. Drawing on maritime history, garden design, women's studies, and more, she places the art colony in its cultural and historical context and reveals unexpected depth in paintings of enormous popular appeal." Yale University Press says: "During the art-colony period, says Susan Larkin, Greenwich was changing from a farming and fishing community to a prosperous suburb of New York. The artists who gathered in Cos Cob produced work that reflects the resulting tensions between tradition and modernity, nature and technology, and country and city. The artists' preferred subjects-colonial architecture, quiet landscapes, contemplative women-held a complex significance for them, which Larkin explores. Drawing on maritime history, garden design, women's studies, and more, she places the art colony in its cultural and historical context and reveals unexpected depth in paintings of enormous popular appeal." Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here. (left: front cover, The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, image courtesy Google Books)
American Art Colonies, 1850-1930: A Historical Guide to America's Original Art Colonies and Their Artists, By Steve Shipp. Published 1996 by Greenwood Publishing Group. Art, Modern. 192 pages. ISBN:0313296197. Google Books says: "Some of America's most influential artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries are featured, along with a concise overview of the colonies in which they worked. These colonies ranged from Carmel-Monterey in California to Gloucester-Rockport in Massachusetts to Taos and Santa Fe in New Mexico. Some of the artists are famous today, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, while others were well known at the time and added to the name recognition of their particular colonies. Scholars, students, and anyone interested in American Art History will find valuable information on how the closeness of colonies can affect and influence artists. For most artists, interest in art colonies began in the mid-1800s in Europe, where they had gone to live, work, and study. On returning to America, they continued what they believed was a practice that benefited their personal maturity as professional artists--living in a major city such as New York during the winter and spending summers with other working artists in art colonies. The impact of those early artists can be seen in the paintings of many of today's artists." Note: Google Books offers a Limited Preview of this book. For more information on this and other digitizing initiatives from publishers please click here and here.
The Bayou Painters: South Alabama's Art Colony (1946-1953). by Lynn Barstis Williams (Author), Paul W. Richelson (Introduction), Mobile Museum of Art (2006)
New Hope for American Art. by Jim Alterman. 612 pages. Mr Alterman says: "... The book contains 165 individual artist chapters by works of The Pennsylvania Impressionists, Philadelphia Ten, and New Hope Modernists including: Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, George Sotter, Arthur Meltzer, Robert Spencer, William Lathrop, Kenneth Nunamaker, John Folinsbee, Henry Snell, W.F. Taylor, Fern Coppedge, M. E. Price, Clarence Johnson, S George Phillips, Rae Sloan Bredin, Walter Baum, Morgan Colt, Charles Rosen, Meierhans, Ramsey, Stone, Evans, Zenk....... It also includes important information on collecting, values and opportunities, and helpful charts showing appreciation and past performance at auction by these artists. An invaluable tool to help train the collector's eye." Accessed July, 2015
Rocky Neck Art Colony 1850 - 1950,
by Judith Curtis, 2008, 160 pages, 9 x 12 inches, 130 color illustrations.
Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail
says of the book: "The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to announce
the publication of its new book, Rocky Neck Art Colony 1850-1950,
by art historian and writer Judith Curtis, designed by Stephen Bridges.
The book details the art, lives, and interactions of the great artists who
painted Rocky Neck and its environs. Images of works by Fitz Henry Lane,
Winslow Homer, Gordon Grant, Frank Duveneck, Childe Hassam, Theresa Bernstein,
Cecilia Beaux, Mary Bryan, Umberto Romano, and many others are beautifully
reproduced and accompany the text of this fascinating and lovely book."
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