Emma King

female 1857-1933
19th-20th century
Life city:
Indianapolis, IN
Work city:
Indianapolis, IN
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Emma King was born in Indianapolis in 1857, and came to art relatively late when she enrolled in the Art Association of Indianapolis’s art school in 1884. She quickly made up for any lost time, studying at the Arts Students League in New York City, the Academie Julian in Paris, and the Shinnecock Summer School of Art on Long Island. She studied with Charles L. McDonald and Susan M. Ketcham in Indianapolis; William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, and J. Carrol Beckwith in New York City; and Gustave Boulanger, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, Charles Emile Carolus-Duran, and Frank Edwin Scott in Paris. Emma completed many landscape paintings of the New England coast and the Adirondack Mountains, in addition to Midwestern scenes. She showed her work in various group exhibitions in Paris, Indianapolis, Richmond, and Chicago. Emma was also one of only three women artists who were chosen to contribute pieces to the Indianapolis City Hospital project in 1914. She also was well-known as a private art teacher in Indianapolis. In addition to her painting and teaching careers, Emma was a published poet who won awards from the Poetry Society of Great Britain and a Writers Club contest in 1927. Source: Skirting the Issue, by Newton and Weiss

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