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GARDNER SYMONS

(1861-1930)

PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE AND MARINE PAINTER

By Danielle Peltakian

On October 27, 1861, Gardner Symons (né George Gardner Simons) was born in Chicago, IL. He began his training at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he befriended fellow student William Wendt (1865-1946). He furthered his education in Munich, Paris and London before working as a commercial artist in Chicago. In 1896, he built a studio near Laguna Beach, CA. He also held studios in New York City and in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. He died on January 12, 1930.




EXHIBITIONS

  • 1899 Royal Academy, London
  • 1899-1902, 1909-24 Art Institute of Chicago
  • 1901 Boston Art Club
  • 1901, 1910-29 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
  • 1909, 1919 National Academy of Design, NY
  • 1910 Salmagundi Club
  • 1910 Buenos Aires Exposition
  • 1910-28 Biennials, Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • 1912 National Arts Club
  • 1913 Carnegie Institute
  • 1914-21 California Art Club
  • 1917 Society of Independent Artists
  • 1921 Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles
  • 1928 Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles
  • 1922 6th Annual Exhibition, Concord Art Association
  • COLLECTIONS

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
  • Brooklyn Institute of Art and Sciences
  • Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, OH
  • Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cedar Rapids Art Association, IA
  • Cincinnati Museum of Art
  • City Art Museum, St. Louis
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Dallas Art Association
  • Des Moines Art Association
  • Fort Worth Museum of Art
  • Hyde Park Art Association, Chicago, IL
  • Irvine Museum, CA
  • Lincoln Art Association, NE
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Museum of Art, Erie, PA
  • Norton Simon Museum of Art
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • Rochelle Art Association, IN
  • St. Louis Museum of Art
  • Toledo Museum of Art
  • Union League Club, Chicago
  • AWARDS

  • 1909 Carnegie Prize, National Academy of Design, NY
  • 1910 Prize, Salmagundi Club
  • 1910 Bronze Medal, Buenos Aires Exposition
  • 1912 Bronze Medal, Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • 1912 Gold Medal, National Arts Club
  • 1919 Prize, National Academy of Design, NY
  • Memberships

  • Chicago Society of Artists
  • Laguna Beach Art Association
  • National Academy of Design
  • Royal Society of British Artists
  • Salmagndi Club
  • Union Internationale des Beaux Arts et des Lettres
  • Bibliography

    1. 1. Falk, Peter Hastings ed., Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975, Vol. I, Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999, p. 2486.
    2. 2. Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Third ed.,Vol. I, Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum, 2002, p. 1086.
    3. Updated 5/2/07.

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