Mary DeNeale Morgan Biography

Pastelist, painter, etcher. Born in San Francisco, CA on May 24, 1868. As a child of two Morgan moved to Oakland where her father was the city engineer. She was a favorite pupil of William Keith from her youth until the time of his death. Morgan also studied at the School of Design under Williams, Carlsen, and Joullin (1884-95).

In 1896 she opened a studio in Oakland and, for a brief time, taught art at Oakland High School. In 1909 she settled in Carmel where she bought the studio-home of Sydney Yard located on Lincoln near Seventh. She was a pupil in Wm M. Chase's summer classes there in 1914, director of the Carmel School of Art (1917-25), and a founder of the Carmel Art Association. In 1928 Scribner's Magazine named her as -one of the nation's foremost women artists. During WWII she made weekly visits to nearby Fort Ord to sketch the servicemen. A spinster, Morgan died in Carmel on Oct. 10, 1948 having left a great legacy to California art as a teacher, organizer, and painter. Working in pastel, tempera, oil, and watercolor, she painted sand dunes, adobes, landscapes, and the wind-swept cypresses of the Monterey Peninsula.

Member: National Association of Women Painters & Sculptors; SFAA; Calif. WC Society; Laguna Beach AA; Carmel AA; Carmel Arts & Crafts Club.

Exhibited: Oakland Industrial Expo, 1896; Mark Hopkins Inst., 1897-98; Hahn Gallery (Oakland), 1907 (solo); Del Monte Art Gallery, 1907-12, 1934 (solo); Berkeley AA, 1908; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909; PPIE, 1915 (silver medal); Hotel Oakland, 1925 (solo); Pasadena Art Inst., 1929 (solo); Carmel AA, 1934 (solo).

In: CHS; Monterey Peninsula Museum; LACMA; Del Monte Hotel; Univ. of Texas; Stanford Univ.; Union High School (Monterey); USC; Monterey City Hall and Presidio; Sunset School (Carmel); Salinas High School; Harrison Library (Carmel); Society of Calif. Pioneers. 11 AAA 1919-33; WWAA 1936-53; WW on Pacific Coast, 1947; Art and Artists of the Monterey Peninsula; Women of the West, 1928; Ber; G&S; CSL; BC; KOV; Monterey Peninsula Herald, 10¬11-1948 (obit).

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"