Felicie Waldo Howell (1897-1968)

Felicie Waldo Howell (1897-1968)

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Felicie Waldo Howell moved to Washington D.C. and enrolled in the Corcoran Art School.  She worked for several years as an artist in the Washington area before moving to Philadelphia where she attended the Philadelphia School of Design for Women under Henry B. Snell. Howell became a member of the National Association of Women Artists in 1918, and one year later was invited to join a small Boston women painter’s group known as The Group. Other members included Margaret Patterson, Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, Mary Bradish Titcomb, Laura Coombs Hills, Lucy Conant, and Jane Peterson. They held exhibitions in Boston at Doll and Richards Gallery in 1918 and again in 1919 when Howell joined the list of exhibitors. Although short-lived, only lasting until 1919, The Group exhibited across the United States and was critically well-received. 

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Howell took part in the annual exhibitions of the National Academy, and became an Associate member in 1922, and later a full Academician in 1945. She also exhibited at the annuals of the Pennsylvania Academy, the Corcoran Gallery and the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a member of the Concord Art Association, the New York Water Color Club and the Philadelphia Water Color Club, among other associations. By 1933, she was living in New York City and working as an instructor at the New York School of Applied Arts and Painting.  One year later, Howell married George Mixter, an experienced yachtsman, and the two sailed the New England coast on their boat, the Teragram, outings that provided ample inspiration for Howell. She produced many watercolors including a series of works from the 1937 America’s Cup races, and the couple eventually settled in Rockport, Massachusetts, from 1947 until 1953. Today, examples of her work can be found in several museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

References: Falk, Who Was Who in American Art, 1999; Paul E. Sternberg, Sr., Curator, Art by American Women: Selections from the Collection of Louise and Alan Sellars, Brenau College, Gainesville, GA (Marietta, GA: Printing Inc., 1991); Boston Evening Transcript, October 9, 1919, p. 17.

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