Anna Hyatt Huntington is known as much for her work as a patron of the arts as she is for her work as a sculptor. In 1931 she and her husband, Archer Huntington, heir to a railroad fortune, established Brookgreen Gardens, the first public sculpture garden in the United States.
Hughie Lee-Smith hyphenated his middle and last name while in school so as to stand out from the other students named Smith. Lee-Smith served as president of his high school art club and received a scholarship to the Cleveland School of Art, where he studied painting.
A well-known daguerrean artist in Oswego, New York, George N. Barnard had opened a photography studio in Syracuse by 1854. He subsequently became affiliated with Mathew Brady's gallery in Washington, D.C., and photographed Lincoln's inauguration in 1861.