Susan Cressy (1856 - 1942)

Birth date: 1856 Death date: 5/6/1942  
Birth location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Death location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin  
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Susan K. Cressy

Died in 1942

Susan K. Cressy began studying art in Wisconsin under Robert Schade, another early Wisconsin painter, graduating with honors from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her instructors at the Art Institute of Chicago were Edward Rafaelli, Frank Duvenek, Frederick-Warren Freer, John H. Vanderpoel and Frederich von Salzer of Sweden.  She also spent two of her happiest summers at Long Island, New York, studying under William Merritt Chase in an environment that offered artists a chance to mingle with the old Southampton society.


In October 1894, she joined the faculty of the Milwaukee Female College as an art instructor. Preferring to paint flower studies and decorative figures, her style took on a decorative charm.  Her studio was opposite the Layton Art Gallery on Mason Street. Cressy exhibited in galleries in the United States and London, and executed paintings for the Wisconsin Bar Association which now hang in the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.


Selected Exhibitions


1914    First Annual Exhibition Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, The Milwaukee Art       Society, Wisconsin

1917    Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Society (honorable mention)

1918    Milwaukee Journal Calendar Competition, Wisconsin (1st prize)

1921    Exhibition of the work of Wisconsin Artists and Crafters, Milwaukee Art   Institute, Wisconsin

1923    10th Annual Exhibition of Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, Milwaukee Art Institute, Wisconsin

1924    Gallery of Wisconsin Art

1927    Wisconsin Salon of Art

1982    Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin - Reflections on the Milwaukee Journal Gallery of       Wisconsin Art

1992    West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts (now known as West Bend Art Museum), Wisconsin - Early Wisconsin Ambiance: Environments & Landscapes by Wisconsin's Early Artists 1880-1940

© 10/17/2007 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, Wisconsin                                                         2/17/2010


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