Gertrude Abercrombie

Maiden Name: 
Abercrombie
Spouse: 
Bob Livingston
Children: 
1
Birth Date: 
02/17/1909
Birth Place: 
Austin, TX
Death Date: 
07/03/1977
Death Place: 
Chicago, Cook County
Residences/Studios: 
Ravinia (IL), 1912
Berlin (Germany), 1913
Aledo (IL), 1914
5728 South Dorchester St, Hyde Park, (Chicago), 1915
Active In: 
Chicago
Medium: 
Block Print
Painting - Oil
Subject: 
Architecture/Buildings
Figure
Interior View
Portrait
Still Life
Style: 
Naïve
Surrealism
Exhibitions: 
Portraits of Chicago Artists by Chicago Artists, Increase Robinson's Studio Gallery, Chicago, 1932
Grant Park Outdoor Art Fair, 1933
Annual Exhibitions, Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists, Chicago, 1934, 36, 37.
Annual Exhibitions, Chicago Society of Artists, 1934-37.
Salon des Refuses, Davis Store Galleries, Chicago, 1935
International Water Color Exhibition, AIC, 1940
Traveling Exhibition of the Chicago Society of Artists , 1935-36
Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1935-1944, 1946-1951, 53, 55, 60, 67
Society for Contemporary American Art, AIC, 1945
Solo, Associated American Artists Gallery, NYC, 1946
Hyde Park Art Fair, Chicago, 1947-ca 1972.
Solo, Chicago Public Library, Art Room,1948.
Contemporary American Painting, 1948-51, U of Illinois, Urbana, 1951.
Solo, various galleries in Chicago, Milwaukee, Aurora, Winnetka (IL), 1952-64.
Solo, Retrospective Exhibition, Hyde Park Art Century, Chicago, 1977.
Gertrude Abercrombie and Friends, Illinois State Museum, Springfield (IL), 1983
Gertrude Abercrombie, State of Illinois Art Gallery (Chicago) and Illinois State Museum (Springfield), 1991
The New Woman in Chicago, 1910-1945: Paintings from Illinois Collections, Rockford (IL) College, Illinois
Art Gallery (Chicago), Illinois State Museum (Lockport), 1993
Awards: 
Joseph Eisendrath Prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1936
Mr. & Mrs. Frank H. Armstrong Prize, Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago and Vicinity Artists, AIC, 1938.
William and Bertha Clusmann Prize, AIC, 1946
Memberships: 
Chicago Society of Artists, ca 1930s, '40s
Chicago No-Jury Society of Artists, c1930s.
Collections: 
Burbank School, Chicago.
Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Private Collection of Powell and Barbara Bridges Collection, Wilmette, IL
Western Ilinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, IL
Illinois State University Gallery, Normal, IL
Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL.
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
AIC
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC
Training: 
U of Illinois (BA, romance languages), Urbana, 1929.
SAIC, 1929
American Academy of Art, Chicago, 1929
Self-taught
Other Occupations: 
WPA/Federal Art Project, 1934-40
Commercial artist, Mesirow department store, Chicago, 1931
Biography: 

In 2011 Chicago station WTTW produced an Art Beat segment called "Gertrude Abercrombie: Midwestern Surrealist."

Art Historian Susan Weininger has written two comprehensive biographical essays with additional materials about Gertrude Abercrombie. Please see: The catalog for the 1991 Illinois State Museum retrospective exhibit Gertrude Abercrombie, and the "Gertrude Abercrombie." Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.

Also see a biography at http://www.chicagomodern.org/artists/gertrude_abercrombie/
References: 
Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art 1898 to 1947. Madison, CN: Soundview Press, 1985.
Gertrude Abercrombie at www.askart.com.
Greenhouse, Wendy. Chicago Painting, 1895-1945: The Bridges Collection. Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1999.
Illinois State Museum. Gertrude Abercrombie and Friends,/em>. Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1983.
Illinois State Museum. The Emergence of Modernism in Illinois 1914-1940. Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1976.
Smith, Kent and Susan Weininger. Gertrude Abercrombie: an exhibition. Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1991.
Weininger, Susan. "Gertrude Abercrombie." Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
Yochim, Louise Dunn. Role and Impact: The Chicago Society of Artists. Chicago: The Society, 1979.