Mary Gehr

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Mary Gehr (1913–1997) was an American painter and printmaker.

Born in Chicago, Gehr studied at Smith College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology; her instructors included Paul Wieghardt and Misch Kohn.[1] After attending Smith she danced with the Chicago Opera Company for four seasons, and she spent three years with the Ruth Page-Stone Ballet; she had a featured role in the premiere of the ballet Frankie and Johnny. During her career Gehr specialized in batik and intaglio. She worked as an illustrator as well, producing illustrations for over two dozen books for Children's Press, some of which she also wrote.[2] Several of her pieces are in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago;[3] she is also represented in the holdings of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Library of Congress.[1] Gehr was married to the designer Burt Ray, who predeceased her; the couple had a daughter.[2]


  1. ^ a b Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5.
  2. ^ a b "Mary Gehr, 87, Ex-dancer, Artist And Book Illustrator". Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Gehr, Mary – The Art Institute of Chicago". Retrieved 14 May 2017.