biography of Janet SCUDDER (1869/73-1940)

Birth place: Terre Haute, IN

Death place: Rockport, MA

Addresses: Chicago, 1891-93; Paris, 1894-96; NYC, 1896-?; Paris, c.1897-1939; NYC/Rockport, MA, 1939-40

Profession: Sculptor, painter, writer

Studied: Rebisso at Cincinnati Art Acad.; Taft in Chicago (assisting him with sculptures for the World's Columbian Expo.); F. MacMonnies in Paris, 1893

Exhibited: World's Columbian Expo, Chicago 1893 (medal); Sun Dial Comp., NYC, 1898 (prize); PAFA Ann., 1903-30 (9 times); St. Louis Expo, 1904 (medal); Paris Salon, 1899,1911 (prize); AIC, 1922 (prize); Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915 (medal); Int. Expo, Paris, 1937 (medal); Ferargil Gal., 1926 (solo); Macbeth Gal., 1933 (solo). Additional awards: Olympiad Medal, Amsterdam, 1928

Member: NAD; ANA; NSS, 1904; NAWA; NAC; AFA; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, 1925.

Work: Brooklyn Mus.; fountains: MMA, AIC, Peabody Inst., Baltimore, BM; Richmond (IN) public school; Indianapolis AA; LOC; MMA; MusÈe du Luxembourg, Paris; Indiana Centenn.; Minneapolis Inst.; RISD; Phillips AM, Bartlesville, OK; St. Bethesda on the Sea, Palm Beach, FL; National Suffrage Fountain, Femina Victrix," Wash., DC.; seal, Assn. of the Bar, City of NYC"

Comments: (Born Netta Dewee Frazee Scudder) Best known for her garden sculptures and fountains, frequently of children, as well as portrait medallions and heads, in terra cotta, bronze and marble. Frog Mountain" is one of her best-known works. She studied and lived in Paris for altogether forty-five years and was active in relief work during World War I in France, receiving a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1925. She was the first American woman to have her portrait medallions acquired by the MusÈe du Luxembourg, Paris. Autobiography: Modeling My Life.

Sources: WW40; Pisano, One Hundred Years...the National Association of Women Artists, 81; Petteys, Dictionary of Women Artists; Falk, Exh. Record Series; Tufts, American Women Artists, cat. no. 117; Rubinstein, American Women Artists, 94-97; Mary Smart, A Flight with Fame (Sound View Press, Madison, CT, 1997), includes references to Scudder's years as MacMonnies' assistant. (Note: Scudder was vague about her date of birth, which was previously believed to be 1875; however the Indiana State Lib. supplied a date of 1869 from Vigo County birth records)."