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“Never a Dull Moment: The Art of Grace Spaulding John”

Rosenberg Library Exhibit:

“Never a Dull Moment: The Art of Grace Spaulding John”

The exhibit, “Never a Dull Moment: The Art of Grace Spaulding John” will have a Preview on January 20th, 6-8pm, in the Harris Gallery on the 4th floor. There will be a guest lecture by Randy Tibbits which will begin at 6:30pm in the Fox Room. This exhibit will be shown through July 20th.

About the Artist

A well-known artist in Houston and Galveston, Grace Spaulding John (1890-1972) studied at the Chicago Art Institute, the Art Students League in New York City, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Upon returning to Texas, she married Alfred Morgan John, a prominent attorney and the great-grandson of Sam Houston.

John was one of the first artists – male or female – to have a solo showing at the Museum of Fine Arts. Examples of her work can be found in numerous national collections including that of the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of the City New York.

Spaulding John was adept in many mediums – oil, dry-point, lithography, pastel, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, block print, and plexiglass. A hallmark of her work was her use of natural brown linen for her canvases, sizing it first with rabbit skin glue, a technique she learned from Hawthorne.

She painted over 125 portraits, among them Thomas Mann, Edgar Lee Masters, and Oveta Culp Hobby dressed in her uniform as first commander of the WAACS.

The Rosenberg Library is located at 2310 Sealy St. in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)763-8854 ext. 135 or go to All events are free and open to the public.

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