Lucia S Coyner

Maiden Name: 
Joseph Coyner
Birth Date: 
Birth Place: 
Joseph Coyner
Active In: 
Peoria, IL
Painting - Oil
Painting - Watercolor
Ladies Art Society Exhibition, Peoria (IL), 1884
National Academy of Design, NYC, 1886, 1889.
Paris Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts,1888
Annual Exhibition, Palette Club, AIC, 1891
World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893
Ladies Art Society, Peoria, IL
Peoria (IL) Art League
Palette Club, Chicago
Cooper Institute, NYC
Other Occupations: 
Teacher, Peoria (IL) Art League
Lucia Coyner was a fine painter whose works were accepted in the 1886 and 1889 National Academy of Design exhibits in New York City--and in the Paris Salon of 1888. She had taken on the flat, broad painterly style popular in Paris at the time. She and her husband Joseph had studied in Europe in the mid-1880s...he to perfect his skills in homeopathic medicine and she to study art. In Paris, Lucia worked with an artist name Thompson before entering a painting in the Salon. She returned home a magnificent landscape painter, a newspaper article reported. Her close friends were "enraptured with her elegant work." Frank Peyraud, the Chicago artist who taught in Peoria and painted murals in the public library, gave her high praise for the times saying that "she sees like a woman and paints like a man." (Putnam 8) Lucia Hotchkiss, raised in Massachusetts, married Joseph Coyner in 1882. She came to Peoria where he had established a practice in homeopathic medicine in 1878. Their home--an elegant, brick mansion on Perry Street--was "a model of natural beauty, aside from its location which is one of the finest in the city...the home's presiding genius was (Lucia)." (Portrait Album) Soon after her arrival in Peoria, Lucia was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board of the Ladies Art Society. In April 1884, she loaned several of her paintings to the Society's exhibition...Lilacs, Snowballs, and The Wreck of the Laura Bridgman. Lilacs and snowballs (a kind of verbena) no doubt grew in her yard. But the Laura Bridgman she must have seen in the newspaper. The 330-ton schooner went aground in Asbury Park, New Jersey in June, 1883. A photograph (likely the one sent on to the newspapers soon after the disaster occurred) was taken of the beached vessel with curious villagers standing on the hull and in the water to get a good look at the ship. Apparently Lucia was captivated by the scene and decided to record it perhaps in a romantic, Turner-esque style. Lucia continued to paint in the 1890s, and she was one of the first women to be admitted to the Peoria Art League, where she later taught art classes. Submitted by Channy Lyons,Peoria Women Artists through 1970 References: Portrait and Biographical Album of Peoria County, IL. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company, 1890. Putnam, Josephine Emerson. "An Appreciation of Peoria's Artists." Peoria Journal-Transcript, 4 Jan 1931.