biography of Vera Eugenia ANDRUS (1895-1979)

Birth place: Plymouth, WI

Death place: Rockport, MA

Addresses: Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1947; Rockport, MA, 1973

Profession: Painter, lithographer

Studied: Univ Minn; St Paul Sch Art; Minneapolis Inst Art; ASL, with Boardman Robinson, Eugene Fitsch & George Grosz.

Exhibited: Twin City Artists, Minneapolis Art Inst., 1928 (First award in watercolor); WFNY, 1939-1940; Venice Bienniale, 1940; NAWA, 1941 (medal hon.); Hudson Valley AA, 1941 (prize); 1943 (prize), 1944 (prize); Soc. of Artists, 1946 (solo); Concord, MA, Art Assoc., (solo); Int. Print Exhib., CI, 1949; Am. Mus. Natural Hist., New York, 1949 (solo); Rockport Art Assn., Mass.,1961(Stow Wengenroth Award); 22nd Am. Drawing Biennial, Norfolk Mus. Arts & Sci. & Smithsonian Traveling Exhib., 1967-1968; Salons of Am.; WMAA; PAFA; AIC; MMA.

Member: Gloucester SA; Creative A. Assoc.; Westchester G.; So. Pr.M. Soc.; Salons of Am.; Rockport Art Assn., (juror, 1971); NAWA; Hudson Valley AA (former pres).

Work: MMA; LOC; Boston Pub Libr, MA; Minneapolis IA; Smithsonian Inst., Washington, DC; Lyman Allyn Mus., New London, CT

Comments: Positions: asst. information & sales desk, MMA, 1929-1949, supvr., photograph research & sales dept, 1952-57. Teaching: elem drawing, adult educ., City Col., 1940's. Collections: paintings in oil and watercolors; pastels and drawings in all media; lithographs. Publications: auth & illustr, Sea-Bird Island (Harcourt, Brace, 1939); Sea Dust, Poems, Drawings and Lithographs (Wake-Brook House, 1955); auth, Black River, a Wisconsin Story (Little 1967); also a number of poems in magazines and newspapers. Note: her birth year has appeared as 1895 and 1896.

Sources: Dorothy Adlow, several articles accompanying reproductions of lithographs, in Christian Science Monitor; WW73 (gives birth year as 1895); WW47 (gives birth year as 1896); Marlor, Salons of Am. (birth year as 1896); Falk, WMAA, (birth year as 1895)