Michener Art Museum

M. Elizabeth Price


M. Elizabeth Price painting in the "Glen", 1940, photo courtesy of Joseph Barrett
PAINTER
BORN: 1877, Martinsburg, West Virginia
DIED: February 19, 1965, Trenton, New Jersey


A dedicated and energetic artist and promoter of the arts, Mary Elizabeth Price was well known as a painter, lecturer, and art teacher. Widely acclaimed as a "decorative" artist when the word held positive connotations, Price painted a wide range of subjects, although she was best known for her street scenes and floral still lifes. Her most distinctive works were paintings executed on a background of gold and silver leaf, imitating the technique of primitive Italian Renaissance artists. Committed to women's involvement in the arts, Price was a member of the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists who shared a common philosophy of art and who exhibited their work together from 1921 until 1945.
Zealously devoted to cultivating art appreciation in the general public, Price lectured widely and organized several exhibitions across America. In an attempt to cultivate creativity and an eye for beauty in children, she founded the Neighborhood Art School in New York City in 1917. M. Elizabeth Price's tireless efforts on behalf of the arts earned her a place of honor even in an artistic family as distinguished as her own.
Price studied at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (now the Univeristy of the Arts)and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

She exhibited at the Corcoran Biennial in Washington, D.C., the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design where she received the the Carnegie Prize for best oil painitng by an American artists, in 1927.