Donna N. Schuster

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Donna N. Schuster (born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1883) was an easel painter who created work in the style of modern impressionism using the medium of oil and watercolor. She focused her work in Wisconsin then later moved to Los Angeles, California where she died in 1953.


Schuster got her education at the Art Institute of Chicago, then later attended Boston Museum School along with Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson.


In 1914 she was a student at the William Merritt Chase Summer School of Art in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Despite the brutal murder of her fellow student Helena Wood Smith, she returned to Carmel in 1916 and sent her paintings to the Woman’s Exhibition at the Oakland Art Gallery. She returned as an exhibitor to that venue in 1924 when Director William Clapp organized a show of regional “Impressionists,” which was so successful that it was sent to the Los Angeles Museum.[1] Schuster expanded her horizons when she was able to join a painting tour through Belgium. She co-founded the California Art Club and Women Painters of the west [2] She has also taught at the Otis Art Institute now called Otis College of Art and Design in 1920.


  • 1925 Water Lilies
  • 1930 High Sierras Virginia Lake
  • Girl with Mirror"
  • Construction #2
  • Mission Fountain
  • 1951 Hollywood Houses


  • 1913 Minnesota Art Exhibition
  • 1914 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (solo)
  • 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition
  • 1917 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (solo)
  • 1920 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (solo)
  • 1926 California Watercolor Society
  • 1927 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with Mabel Alvarez
  • 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition


  1. ^ Edwards, Robert W. (2012). Jennie V. Cannon: The Untold History of the Carmel and Berkeley Art Colonies, Vol. 1. Oakland, Calif.: East Bay Heritage Project. pp. 140, 181, 202, 237, 261, 269, 398. ISBN 9781467545679. An online facsimile of the entire text of Vol. 1 is posted on the Traditional Fine Arts Organization website.
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  1. Donna N. Schuster, 1890 -1953: paintings, watercolors from a private collection, November 1975 and continuing. Encino, CA: Redfern Gallery, 1975. Print.
  2. "Donna Schuster." Donna Schuster - Artist, Fine Art Prices, Auction Records for Donna Schuster. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.
  3. "Donna N. Schuster." Donna N. Schuster Biography – Donna N. Schuster on artnet. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2017.
  4. Steen, Ronald E. Donna Norine Schuster, 1883-1953. California: Publisher not identified, 1977. Print.