Grace Martin Taylor (Estate)


1903 - 1995

Painter, Printmaker, Educator

born: Morgantown, West Virginia



University of West Virginia, A.B. in English and Journalism, 1928; M.A. Master's Degree in Fine Arts, 1949

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, PA  1922 - 1923, 1923 - 1924; graduate study (studied with Henry McCarter, Daniel Garber, Arthur B. Carles)

Blanche Lazzell, WV 1925 - 1934

Blanche Lazzell, Provincetown, MA, intervals 1929 - 1954

Fritz Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer School of Art, Provincetown, MA  1930

Carnegie Institute of Technology, PA  1937 (studied with Roy Hilton)

William and Natalie Grauer, Old White Artists Colony, The Greenbrier, WV  summers: 1938 - 1941

Naomi Hosterman (portrait artist ), WV  1941

Hans Hofmann School of Fine Art, Provincetown, MA, summers 1942 - 1957

Art Institute of Chicago, IL  1947 (studied with Paul Weighart)

Emil Bisttram School of Art, Taos, NM  1942

Akron Art Institute 1951, 1952 (studied with Raphael Gleitsman)

Ohio University  1957, 1958, 1959 (studied with Will Barnett and Rudy Pozzatti

Art Students League, NY  1960 (studied with Arnold Blanche)

Davidson School of Modern Painting, NY and Provincetown, MA. summers 1961 - 1972

Design Workshop,  NY (with Ralph Pearson, author, etcher)

Cleveland College, OH. Summer session

Hugh Breckenridge


Guest of Sheldon Cheney (author, The Story of Modern Art, 1958), to tour of Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, National Academy of Design, and various NY artists studios.  1945


Additional Studies:

of great masters and their works through tours of European galleries; Rome, Florence, Paris, Brussels, Munich, Salzburg. Frequent visits to all major galleries and museums in United States


Consultants and Confidantes 1950 - 1975:

Marit Jenson

John D. Clarkson, West Virginia University

Katherine Burnside, artist, Parkersburg, WV, and Provincetown, MA

Winslow Anderson, glass designer, Blenko Glass, Milton, WV

Toni La Salle


Solo Exhibitions:

1930's Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston, WV (color woodcuts)

1940 Richmond Professional Institute, College of William & Mary

1940 &1945 The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV

1945 Ohio University, Athens, OH, (40 color woodcuts, monotypes, watercolors)

1956 West Virginia University

1957 Laskin Gallery, Charleston, WV

1958 West Virginia University. Artist of the Year

1958 Morris Harvey College

1967 Morgantown Art Association, WVU Medical Center

1967 Lively Import Gallery, Charleston, WV

1974 West Virginia Capitol Complex, WV

1974 Morris Harvey College

1974 West Virginia University, Creative Arts Center

1980 West Virginia State Museum   

1991 West Virginia State Museum

1991 University of Charleston, Charleston, WV

1996 West Virginia University

1997 Wheat First Butcher Singer 

1998 Women’s Club of Charleston

1998 – 2001 Robert C. Byrd Federal Building 

1999 West Virginia State Museum

2000 National Museum of Women and the Arts, DC

2000 Museum in the Community

2001 Monongalia Art Center, Morgantown, WV

2001 The Orange Chicken Gallery, NY

2002, 2006 The Art Store, Charleston, WV

2006 University of Charleston, WV

2007 Acme Fine Arts Boston, MA


Group Exhibitions: (in alphabetical order)


Acme Fine Art, Boston, MA 2006, 2005, 2002

Allied Artists of West Virginia Annuals, WV. 1931, 1933, 1934, 1942; Oil, Still Life with Skull, 1944; Color Woodcut Counterpoint, 1945;  1947-1949, 1954, 1955, 1957-1959, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1981

American Color Print Society.  1940; Composition No.2 and Composition  No. 1,1942;  Sand Dune, Cape Cod, 1943,and continued exhibiting through 1979

American Federation of Arts Traveling Exhibitions

American Watercolor Society, NY. 1958, 1959

Baltimore Museum of Art, MD

Boston Art Club, MA  1930, 1947

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA. FROM PARIS TO PROVINCETOWN: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, 2002.  Color Woodcuts: Composition No. 1, 1930 or 1939; Nudes, 1931; Charleston Cottages, 1932; Sails and Gulls, 1932

Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY

Cahoon Museum of American Art, STRIKING THE RIGHT NOTES: MUSIC IN AMERICAN ART, 20052005

The Century Association, NY. 1988. Exhibited eleven Provincetown color woodcuts and one

woodblock: (dated 1920, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1938, 1940, 1943-46, 1948-50)

Charleston Art Gallery, WV. Color Woodcut,  Pink Torso, 1960; 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1975

Cleveland Museum of Art , OH. Four Color Woodcuts, 2002

Corcoran Gallery of Art, DC. Color Woodcut , Pink Torso, 1940,

Creative Arts Festival, Charleston, WV. 1962-1964, 1967, 1969, 1972

Denver Art Museum. 1960

East Coast Gallery. 1968, 1970

Elvhjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin - Madison. Four Color Woodcuts, 2002

Fine Arts Center, Parkersburg, WV. 1946

Gallery 4, H.T. Hall Company, WV. 1980

Huntington Galleries, WV. Exhibition 80, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1960-1962; Exhibition 180. 1963-1965, 1969

Huntington Museum of Art, WV, 2000

University of Houston, Judy Robinson Gallery, TX 1994

Kanawha County Library. Color Woodcuts: Lily, Lotus, West Virginia Factories,, 1935

Los Angles Museum of Art, CA

Marshall University, WV

Maryland Art Institute

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Mint Museum of Art, KY

Morris Harvey College. Color Woodcut, Pink Torso, 1958; 1960, 1962-1964, 1966, 1968

Museum in the Community, Hurricane, WV  2000

Group Exhibitions - continued

National Academy of Design, NY.  Color Woodcut, Pink Torso, 1940; 1944, Color Woodcut, Pink Torso,1948; 1958, 1959


National Council of Jewish Women, Art Exhibition, Charleston Civic Center.. 1965

National Gallery Of Art,  DC

National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC

New York Century Club, 1988,

Norfolk Art Museum, VA. 1965

Old White Art Colony, WV. 1941

Old White Art Gallery, WV. Modern Color prints, 1940

Oakland Art Gallery, CA. 1939

Ohio University, OH.  Color Woodcut, Pink Torso,1940; 1945Ohio Valley Watercolor Association

Oliphant and Company Fine Art and Antiques, New York, NY  1982

Parkersburg Art Center, WV. 1975, 1977

Philadelphia Print Club, PA. 1930's, 1943 Block print, Sand Dunes, Cape Cod

Provincetown Art Association, MA. 1930, 1932, 1940, 1968, 1978, 1980, 2005

Rayburn Building, DC. 1968

R. H. Macy's & Co., NY, 1931. Block Print, Nudes

Rhododendron Outdoors Arts & Crafts Festival, WV. 1970, 1971, 1974-1976, 1978, 1979, 1981-1984, 1988

San Francisco Museum of Art, CA

Smithsonian Institute, DC, Traveling Exhibit of The Woodcut Society, 1934; and Prints from Provincetown Years, 1984

Society of the Four Arts, FL. 1950, Block print, Pink Torso

Sunrise Museum, WV, 1989, 2002

Tri-State Art Association, 1967

United States National Museum

University of Charleston, WV. 1991, 1992

Virginia Intermont College, VA. 1944; 1948, Block Print, Pink Torso; 1950, 1953

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

West Virginia University, 1958, Block Print, Pink Torso

Washington Watercolor Club, DC

Westbury Museum

West Virginia Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon, WV, 1953, 1954, 1955

West Virginia Governor's Mansion. 1998 - 2001

West Virginia University.  1967, 1969, 1974, 1995

Wichita Art Association, Exhibition of American Block Prints,  1931; Studio Window, 1934

William and Mary College, VA

The Woodcut Society, MO. Color Woodcuts, Charleston Cottages and Trinity Church 1933; Traveling exhibition through the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, 1934


Present Galleries:

Acme Fine Arts,  Boston, MA

The Art Store, Charleston, WV


Public Collections:

Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC

American Color Print Society

The Clay Center/ Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston, WV

British Museum (Color Woodcut)

Charleston Art  Gallery, WV

Laskin Galleries, Charleston, WV

MacFarland Collection

McNay Art Museum, TX

Hallmark Co.

Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV

Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston, WV

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Miami University, Oxford, OH

Pennsylvania Academy (USA Artists Collection)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Sunrise Museum, Charleston, WV

University of Charleston, WV

West Virginia State Museum, Charleston, WV

West Virginia University Art Collection, Morgantown, WV


Major Private Collection:

Leslie and Johanna Garfield, loaned majority of collection of color woodcuts to the Boston Museum of Fine Art for exhibition PARIS TO PROVINCETOWN: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, 2002



1933 Exhibited in 50 Best Color Prints in USA & Canada, Printmakers Club of  California

1947 West Virginia Artist of the Year, West Virginia University

1958  West Virginia Artist of the Year, West Virginia University

1960 International Institute of Arts & Letters, elected fellow

1968 Fashion Designers Guild, received OSCAR

1971 West Virginia Art Citizen of the Year, Rhododendron Arts Festival

1976 American Mother's Committee, Certificate of Honor, for support of the arts. Awarded at the National Exhibit of Arts and Crafts, DC

1981 Distinguished West Virginian, awarded by Gov. Jay Rockefeller, IV

1989 Mayor Awards for the Arts, Fund for the Arts, Charleston, WV 

1999 Celebrate Women Awards, West Virginia Women's Commission

1930 - 1989

Numerous awards, prizes and best of show for works selected for exhibitions

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,

Numerous awards in group in juried exhibitions



Instruction in Audio - Visual Aids, West Virginia University Press, authors Haas & Parker; Grace Martin Taylor, author of section " Preparation and Use of Visual Aids., 1950

Painting with Purpose, Prentice-Hall, author Morris Davidson, 1964

Early Art and Artists in West Virginia, West Virginia University Press, author John Cuthbert 2000

From Paris to Provincetown; Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, MFA Publications; a division of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2002

Blanche Lazzell; The Life and Work of an American Modernist, West Virginia University Press, edited by Robert Bridges, Kristina Olson, Janet Snyder 2004 


Who's Who in America Art, 1940, 1950

Who's Who in the East, 1945

Leading Women of America, 1955

Dictionary of American Scholars, 1957

International Directory of the Arts, 1958

Who's Who of American Women, 1959

International Who's Who in Art & Antiques, first edition

International Institute of Arts and Letters. 1960 -69

National Social Directory, 1960

Directory of International Biography, London England, 1965

Register of Living Artists, 1965

American Association of University Professors, 1968

Who's Who in American Art, complied by The American Federation  Arts, published by R. R. Bower Co., NY, 1966 - 1973

Grace Martin Taylor on Art and Education, interview with former student John F. Hudkins. Brochure published to accompany exhibit of Taylor's work 1980

Provincetown Printers: A woodcut Tradition. Flint, Janet Altaic. Published by the Smithsonian Institute Press,  1983

American Art Review, August - September 1995

Grace Martin Taylor, 1903 - 1995, Curated by John A. Cuthbert and Gale Simplicio, catalog published by West Virginia University Historical Art Collection , West Virginia University Libraries, 1996

Early Art and Artists in West Virginia: An Introduction and Biographical Directory, complied by John A. Cuthbert, published by West Virginia University Press, 2000

American Art Review, February 2002

PARIS TO PROVINCETOWN: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut, Boston Museum of Fine Art, 2002



Dominion News, Morgantown, WV, Journalist and Society Editor, 1924 - 1928,

Mason College of Music & Fine Art, Charleston, WV.  Head of Art Department, 1931 - 56; Administrative Assistant, 1950 - 53, Dean, 1953- 55, President, 1955 -56

Morris Harvey College, Charleston, WV, Professor of Art, 1956 - 68

West Virginia University Division of Extension Credit, lecturer,   1968 - 1971

Conducted Summer Painting Workshops, Fayette Art Group, WV  1972 - 74



Allied Artist of West Virginia

American Association of University Professors

American Arts Professional League

American Color Print Society

American Watercolor Society

Charleston, WV  City Art Commission

Council of Private Colleges

Creative Arts Festival of West Virginia

F.I.A.L  ( a Florida art  league)

International Platform Association

Kanawha Valley Historical Society (1970's helped conduct the two year study that led to the designation of Charleston's East End as a historical district)

National Academy of Design, NY

Parkersburg Art Center, WV

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA

Provincetown Art Association, MA

Rhododendron Arts Association, WV

Tri-State Art Association, WV

The Century Club, NY

Theta Sigma Phi, National honor Society for Women writers and journalists

West Virginia Association of Higher Education

West Virginia University Century Club,

The Woodcut Society, MO


Resources for GMT biography:

The American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art. Edited by Dorothy B. Gilbert. Published by R. R. Bowker Company, New York & London. 1966


The American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art. Edited by The Jaques Cattell Press. Published by Jaques Press and R. R. Bowker Company ( a Xerox Education Company), New York and London. 1973


Cuthbert,  John A. Early Art and Artists in West Virginia: An Introduction and Biographical Directory. Published by West Virginia University Press. 2000


Grace Martin Taylor, 1903 - 1995, Curated by John A. Cuthbert and Gale Simplicio. Catalog published by West Virginia University Historical Art Collection


Lazzell, Blanche. Letters to Grace Martin Taylor. 1930 - 1951


Peyton, Marianne Coalter. Grace Martin Frame Taylor: A Modern Legacy,

Senior Research Project, Dr. Janet Snyder. April 27, 2000


Shapiro, Barbara Stern. From Paris to Provincetown: BLANCHE LAZZELL AND THE COLOR WOODCUT. MFA Publications, a division of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. 2002


West Virginia University Student.  Grace Martin Taylor: Chronological Data. West Virginia University Libraries


Interviews with Lucie Mellert, daughter of Grace Martin Taylor. 2000 - 2002