Edith Hamlin

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Edith Hamlin (1902-1992) was an American painter and muralist. Born in Oakland, California, as a small child she was exposed to art by her father who took her on sketching trips. Hamlin attended the California School of Fine Arts and the Teachers College at Columbia University.

She maintained a studio in San Diego studio throughout the 1920s. During the early 1930s, she traveled around New Mexico and Arizona. She completed a WPA mural project for Mission High School in San Francisco and was selected to paint murals at the Coit Tower.[1]

Hamlin married Maynard Dixon in 1937. They moved to Tucson in 1939 [2] and maintained a summer home in Mt. Carmel, Utah. In Tucson she completed numerous public murals and projects. After Dixon died, Hamlin returned to San Francisco, where she died in 1992.[1]

Arizona projects and murals[edit]

  • Grand Canyon Pueblo & Taos Pueblo, Painted in the Tucson Medical Center Old Administration Building for Santa Fe Railroad Chicago City Ticket Office, Oil and Canvas 1947. Buck Weaver and Milford Zornes assisting
  • The Legend of Sun and Earth, Arizona Biltmore Hotel Dining Room; Phoenix, Arizona, Oil and Canvas, 1949.
  • Christ and the Children, St. Ambrose Catholic Church; Tucson, Arizona, Ethyl Silicate, 1950. (Over Painted)
  • Fray Marcos de Niza on an Exploration Trip to Arizona, Jacome’s Department Store; Tucson, Arizona, Steel-Reinforced Concrete, 1951. Jack Maul, Ettore DeGrazia and George Hardy assisting. (Demolished)
  • Tucson in the ‘70s’ Old Pueblo Club; Tucson, Arizona, Oil and Panel, 1952.


  1. ^ a b Trenton, Patricia; D'Emilio, Sandra (1995). Jeanne D'Andrea, ed. Independent spirits: women painters of the American West, 1890-1945. Autry Museum of Western Heritage. p. 150. 
  2. ^ "Dixon, (Lafayette) Maynard". oxfordartonline.com. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 

  • Arnold, Elliott, Tucson Festival of Arts, 1951.
  • Ainsworth, Edward, Widening Horizons: Painters of the Western Desert, 1952.
  • Kovinick, Phil. The Women artist in the American West, 1976.
  • Eric Firestone Gallery, Women Artist of the West, 2004
  • DVD- Maynard Dixon Art and Spirit 2008

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