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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 Open-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

Waller-Yoblonsky Fine Art is a research collaborative, working to track artists that got lost and overlooked due to time, changing styles, race, gender and/or sexual orientation. Our frequent blogs highlight artists and art movements that need renewed attention with improved information for the researcher and art collectors.  These photos were created by Mr. Waller and all materials are used under the Fair Use Section 107, Copyright Act, unless otherwise noted.  #waller-yoblonskyblogspot  #ClareFerriter 


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