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Canyon in Randall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Georgia O'Keeffe in Canyon

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. Georgia O'Keeffe in Canyon Marker
Inscription. Renowned artist Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (1887-1986) was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin to Francis and Ida (Totto) O'Keeffe. The family moved to Virginia, where O'Keeffe and her siblings attended school. She studied art at various schools before enrolling in the Art Institute of Chicago and later the Art Students League in New York City. She then worked as a commercial artist before attending classes at the University of Virginia. In order to gain teaching experience, she taught art in Amarillo between 1912 and 1914. The Texas Panhandle attracted her as an artist because of "the openness. The dry landscape. The beauty of that wild world."

In 1914, O'Keeffe returned to the East, studying at Columbia University in New York, and teaching in Virginia and South Carolina. At Columbia University, she met Arthur Wesley Dow, who greatly altered her vision of art. Influenced by east Asian painters and the British Arts and Crafts movement, he inspired her to approach painting in a more abstract manner.

O'Keeffe returned to Texas in 1916 as a faculty member at West Texas State Normal College, now West Texas A&M University, where she held classes in Old Main. Inspired by the landscape, particularly Palo Duro Canyon, she began incorporating themes from nature in her work, moving away from Representationalism. O'Keeffe showed many
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By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. Georgia O'Keeffe in Canyon Marker
of her Texas pieces at Alfred Stieglitz's New York City gallery in 1917. The following year, she moved to New York and in 1924 married Stieglitz, a noted photographer. Both artists produced large bodies of acclaimed work. Following Stieglitz's death in 1946, O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico, where she continued to explore her creative vision and unique style, shaped in part by her Canyon years. Today, she remains a major influence in American Art.
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15364.)
 
Location. 34° 58.844′ N, 101° 54.948′ W. Marker is in Canyon, Texas, in Randall County. Marker is on 25th Street north of 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canyon TX 79015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T-Anchor Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buffalo Courts (approx. 0.2 miles away); First National Bank (approx. mile away); Mary E. Hudspeth House (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Methodist Church
Georgia O'Keeffe in Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. Georgia O'Keeffe in Canyon Marker
(approx. half a mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Site of Wagon Yard (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canyon.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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