Frances Strain

Variant Names: 
Mrs Fred Biesel
Frances Strain Biesel
Spouse: 
Fred Biesel
Children: 
1
Birth Date: 
11/11/1898
Birth Place: 
Chicago
Death Date: 
12/10/1962
Death Place: 
Chicago
Residences/Studios: 
Tree Studio, Chicago
Furnessville, Indiana
Active In: 
Chicago, IL
Furnessville, IN
Sante Fe, NM
Medium: 
Graphic Art
Painting
Printmaking
Style: 
Modernism
Exhibitions: 
Chicago Society of Artists Exhibition
No-Jury Society of Chicago
Solo, Chicago Romany Club, 1929
Solo, Chicago Womens Aid Club, 1931
Kraushaar Galleries, NYC, 1928
Newark (NJ) Museum, 1927
State Museum of New Mexico, 1920
International Water Color Exhibition, AIC, 1927, 1936
Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1923, 31, 33, 39, 40, 44.
Diana Court Gallery, Chicago
Solo, Little Gallery, Park Forest, IL, 1960
Marshall Field Gallery, Chicago
National Art Week, AIC, 1940
Society of Independent Artists, New York, 1921
Whitney Museum (NYC), 1933
Watercolor Exhibition, AIC, 1927, 36, 44
American Artists Exhibition, AIC, 1941
Solo, Chicago Public Library, 1960
Solo, Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, 1960
Solo, Culver Military Academy gallery, Indiana, 1960
Chicago Society of Artists Exhibition, Delphic Studios, New York City, 1935
Chicago, Society of Artists Exhibition, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, 1936
Solo, Chicago Room, Art Institute of Chicago,
The Little Gallery of Chicago
Awards: 
Gold Medal, Chicago Society of Artists, 1929
Memberships: 
Chicago Society of Artists
Society of Independent Artists
The Ten Artists of Chicago, 1940 (president)
Collections: 
Bridges Collection, Chicago
Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Training: 
AIC
Art Students League of New York
Other Occupations: 
Curator
Exhibition Director, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, 1941-62
Biography: 
Art historian Susan Weininger has written an extensive biographical essay of Frances Strain which appears in Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, A Biographical Dictionary edited by Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast in 2001. Another biography is available at the Modernism in the New City website at http://www.chicagomodern.org/artists/frances_strain/