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Clare Ferriter (1913 - 1994) Portrait and Abstract Artist

The famous New York Times Art Critic, John Canaday, provided a one-line synopsis of Clare Ferriter's 1964 show at the Bridge Gallery (61 West 56th Street).  He stated the show is:  

A low feverishness simmers in murky abstract paintings done in autumnal tints.1.  

The painting (Oil on Canvas) carries two titles:  
Totem Pole and Three Wise Owls and One Not So Wise.”  
This abstract impressionist painting style was started by Ferriter in the 1950s, 
and the canvas size is approximately 26” X 34”.

Closeup example of Clare Ferriter’s Signature.

Clare Ferriter, b. June 18, 1913, Dickinson, ND, aka: Patricia Clare Ferriter, and Mrs. John Tilton Hack: 2./ 5.  
  • Late 1920s attended Massachusetts School of Fine Arts.
  • 1931-33 lived in the Philippines, with her military enlisted father, worked as an illustrator for the Manila Times.   
  • 1935, received her BFA, Yale University School of Art and Architecture, went on to receive her MA in Art, Stanford University (Her thesis covered egg tempera - a Renaissance technique).
  • 1937-42 worked at the Bridge Gallery, NYC.
  • 1940-42 taught art at Westover School, a private girl's school in CT
  • 1943/44 moved to the Washington DC Area
  • 1967 became President of the Artists Equity Association, Washington Chapter
  • 1967 oversaw the publication/book:  Washington Artists Today (AEA-DC Chapter)
  • 1966 started teaching art at Catholic University of America
Notable One-Person Shows were held at: 5.
  • Bridge Gallery 1964
  • Franz Bader Gallery, 1964 and 1976
  • Corcoran Museum of Art 1963
  • International Monetary Fund, 1973
Notable Group Shows:
  • 14th Exhibit of Work Done at Chester Springs, The Country School of PAFA, 1930 4.
  • Corcoran (1943 Society of Washington Artists) 4.
Public Collections:
  • Addison Gallery of American Art 5.
  • Harvard University 5.
  • Butler Institute of American Art 5.
  • Massillon Museum, Ohio 5.
  • Westover School, Middlebury, CT 3.
  • George Washington University 5.
  • Cosmos Club 3.
  • DC Court of General Sessions 3.
Select Publications: 3. / 4.
  • The Practice of Tempera Painting: Materials and Methods 1936
  • The Practice of Egg Tempera Painting: A Student’s Manual, 1936 Stanford Univ.
  • Washington Artist Today, 1967


  • 1971 Regional Art Show Massillon Museum, Massillon, Ohio 4.

Awards: 5.

  • National Association of Women Artist, 1963 & 66
  • Baltimore Museum of Art, 1966
  • Society of Washington Artists, 1964, 66 & 72

Ferriter’s archives are at the Smithsonian. 4.

  1. New York Times, Art Reviews, November 14, 1964
  2. Ferriter Family Heritage Documentation;  The Greater Ferriter Family
  3. Washington Artist Today, Page 52, 1967
  4. Internet Searches and Documentation
  5. 16th Edition of Who’s Who in American Art, 1984, Page 284


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