Mary Jenks Coulter was born in Newport KY on August 30th 1880. She was a student of Frank Duveneck at the Cincinnati Art Academy until she moved to Chicago where she studied a variety of crafts at the Art Institute of Chicago. She was the first curator of etchings and engravings at that institution. Upon returning from Europe she earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago. In 1915 She came to California where she served as chairman of the arts-crafts jury for the PPIE. She divided her time thereafter between the East and West coats. She was a pupil of Lionel Walden in Hawaii for two seasons and later studied with Charles Hawthorne in Cape Cod. In 1926 She was assistant director of the San Diego Fine Arts Gallery and in the late 1920's moved to Santa Barbara where she lived until her marriage to O.L. Clark in 1959. She then moved to Amherst, MA until her death in 1966.
She exhibited widely and her works are held in the following museums, inter-alia: The British Museum; The Boston Museum; Fogg Museum, Harvard University; Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu; Oakland Museum; The Louvre, Paris.Read More