George Elbert Burr worked as an illustrator for several New York magazines: Harper's, Cosmopolitan, and Frank Leslie's Weekly Newspaper. His work for Leslie's allowed him to travel coast to coast in America, indulging his passion for landscapes.
Thomas Moran was the first American painter to capture the grandeur of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Born in England, he immigrated to America as a child and apprenticed to an engraver in Philadelphia.
Born in rural Ohio, Holmes supplemented his training as a scientist with art lessons in Washington, D.C. His career began in 1872 with the government-sponsored Hayden Survey, on which he served as official geologist and artist, traveling through Wyoming and Colorado.
Charles Pollock moved from Los Angeles to New York in 1926 and studied with Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. A few years later, he changed the life of his younger brother, Jackson, when he persuaded him to come to the East Coast and study art.
From 1925 to 1928, Herbert Bayer was a teacher at the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany, which celebrated the modern industrial age and taught that the form of an object should reflects its function.
Leaving his native New York in 1863, Jackson made his first trip west as a driver for a wagon train.
Betty Woodman began her career as a potter making functional wares, but moved toward a more decorative and expressive style in the 1970s.
Pat Hickman received her master’s degree in design and textiles from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977, and taught at many Bay Area schools for several ye