Doris Anne White (1924 - 1995)

Birth date: 7/27/1924 Death date: 9/5/1995  
Birth location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin Death location: Grafton, Wisconsin  
Media: Decorative Art , Painter / Watercolor Web site:
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Doris Anne White
Born 1924 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Died 1995 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin
A nationally known watercolor artist, Doris White pursued her art career entirely in Wisconsin. She began her studies at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee; went on to study at the University of Berne in Switzerland and later, in 1950, earned a degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. White then returned to Layton School of Art as an instructor and worked as a commercial artist in Milwaukee before becoming a full-time painter in 1961.

In her studio in Jackson, Wisconsin, White created award-winning watercolor and acrylic paintings that were featured in numerous state and national exhibitions. At the time she was the only woman to receive the Grand Award and Gold Medal from the American Watercolor Society. White was a signature member of that organization and served several times as juror for their national exhibits. In addition, she was a member of the National Academy of Design in New York, the California Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

 White worked in a linear style that reflected her abstracted impressions of nature. Her interest in experimentation with watercolors led to the use of printmaking and collage techniques in order to produce colorful layered compositions.  White's work was widely collected and featured in numerous regional and national exhibitions.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1987 Prints, Paintings, & Mixed Media, Jean Friedlander Gallery, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin
1989 Doris White, An  Exhibition, West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts
Recent Paintings by Doris White, Doris White Studio, Jackson, Wisconsin

Selected Group Exhibitions

1961 Watercolors by Wisconsin Artists, Milwaukee Art Center
1964 Watercolor USA, Springfield, Missouri Art Museum
1970 Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Allis Art Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1972 Wisconsin Women in the Arts, UWM Union Art Gallery 
1976 A Century Plus of Wisconsin Watercolors, touring exhibition to Wustum Museum, Racine, WI State Historical Society, Madison, Nicolet College, Rhinelander, West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh 
1991 Watercolor WI, Celebrating 25 Years, Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisconsin


Exhibition records, Doris White file, archives
Doris White Resume, archives
Notes from Peter Merrill, archives
Obituary notice, Milwaukee Journal

Wisconsin Affiliations

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Wisconsin Art Organizations

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