Virginia True

female 1900-1989
20th Century
Life city:
St. Louis, MO
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Virginia True was born in St. Louis in 1900 and studied at Butler University and the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She received a master of fine arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her instructors included William Forsyth at Herron, and Richard Meryman, Hugh Breckenridge, and Charles Grafly in Philadelphia. Virginia taught art history and drawing classes in Indianapolis throughout the 1920s. In 1929, she moved to Boulder, CO where she was a fine art instructor at the University of Colorado. She relocated to Ithaca, NY in 1936 when she was invited to join the faculty of Cornell University. In 1957, she became the head of Cornell's Housing and Design Department in the College of Home Economics. Source: Skirting the Issue, by Newton and Weiss The following information was submitted by a site visitor: Virginia True is a native o S. Louis, Missouri. She attended the John Herron Institute of art in Indianapolis, Indiana, and taught there in the 1920’s. She was active in all Indiana shows including Hoosier Salon, Lieber, and Herron. True made her first trip to the American Southwest in 1928 and was influenced by Western work. True had probably been exposed to Indiana's Victor Higgins by 1927.

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