Chicago Society of Etchers

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Bertha Jaques (seated) on a jury for the Chicago Society of Etchers, 1919; photograph from the archives of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Chicago Society of Etchers was founded in January 1910, the first organization of etchers in the country. There were 20 members to start and by 1930 there were 150 members. Membership extended outside of the United States, including artists from England, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, India, China and Japan.[1]

History[edit]

In 1909, to popularize the medium of etching, Bertha Jaques and other etchers in Chicago formed the Needle Club, an informal collective of etchers passionate about reintroducing the American public to the art of etching.[2] In 1910 it became the Chicago Society of Etchers. The organization was primarily responsible for showing members’ etchings at the Art Institute of Chicago. It attracted international members and was successful at popularizing etching in 20th-century America.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Exhibition of Etchings" (PDF). The Art Institute of Chicago. 1930. p. 4. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Joby Patterson, Bertha E. Jaques and the Chicago Society of Etchers, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002, p. 15
  3. ^ Joby Patterson, Bertha E. Jaques and the Chicago Society of Etchers, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002 p. 121
  4. ^ "Miss Norah Hamilton". Illinois Women Artists Project. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 

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