Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Sculpture: 20th century: Ram
Bessie Stough Callender
(born Wichita, KS 1889 -- died New York City 1951)
“. . . she stood in sabots with a huge chisel in her left hand and a heavy mallet in her right, chopping away at a block of marble until there emerged the graceful and animated form of a delicate and sensitive animal.” Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953
Bessie Stough Callender was very modest about her artistic abilities. Although she was a gifted musician and painter, as well as a sculptor, Callender listed “housewife” as her occupation on her passport. In 1926, Callender moved to
Image Credits: Courtesy Bessie S. Callender Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.