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Mildred Bryant Brooks

La Casita Vieja / 1930s
Etching On Cream Wove Paper
12'' 7/8 X 12'' 7/8
Signed &Titled , Editioned 75 in Pencil

printmaker, teacher, was born in Marysville, Missouri on July 21, 1901. The Brayant family moved to Long Beach, California in 1907. She went on to study art at the University of Southern California and the Otis and Chouinard Art Institutes . she was a pupil of Arthur Millier and Frank Tolles Chamberlin. It was Chamberlin who gave her encouragement to become an etcher.She received instruction from E. Stetson Crawford. Brooks' teaching career began in 1929 at the Stickney Art Institute in Pasadena where she installed her etching press and printed for artists. Brooks was a member of the California Society of Etchers, California Society of Printmakers, Chicago Society of Etchers, Society of American Etchers and the Pasadena Society of Artists. Her etchings were included in numerous national exhibitions and garnered twenty-two awards. Her print, Companions, was awarded the main prize at the Chicago Society of Etchers exhibition in 1937 and this was the first time the Society had honored either a woman or a Westerner. Brooks gave up printmaking during World War II and turned her attention to mural painting. Brooks' work is represented in the collections of the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Dayton Art Institute, University of Nebraska, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Public Library. Mildred Bryant Brooks died in Santa Barbara, California on July 3, 1995.

Source: Eden Hughes/ Artists In California (1786 -1940 ) / Annex Galleries( Artist Biography )

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