Emily Guthrie Smith

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Emily Guthrie Smith Resting Nude
Resting Nude, c. 1950
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Emily Guthrie Smith

Emily Guthrie Smith

Emily Guthrie Smith Description

Emily Elizabeth Guthrie Smith  (1909 - 1986)

Emily Guthrie Smith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 8, 1909, the daughter of William Craton Guthrie and Lillian Fakes. She studied at the Texas Women's University in Denton, the University of Oklahoma, and for a time at the Art Student's League in New York City under Robert Brackman. Later she studied with Mitchell Jamieson and Frederic Taubes.

Her artistic training began early. After five years of piano, Smith began art lessons with Christina MacLean, at the old Fort Worth College.

Smith taught at the Fort Worth Art Center from 1955 to 1970. She was a member of the faculty at the Taos Institute of Creative Orientation (New Mexico) during the summers of 1962 and 1963, and conducted her own summer workshops in Las Vegas or Ruidosa, New Mexico from 1964 through 1968. In 1969 she was invited to teach special courses in Advance Portrait Painting at Texas Christian University.

Paintings by Emily Guthrie Smith have been selected for national exhibitions as well as numerous invitational and juried exhibitions in the Southwest. She has won awards in local and national shows since 1932. She has painted over 2000 portraits since those Depression years. Some of the most notable were the past House Majority Leader Jim Wright for the hanging in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Austin, Mary Martin and her family, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's grandchildren,

sculptress Electra Waggoner Biggs, Paul Whiteman's daughter, and assorted governors, senators, college presidents and deans, and elected officials.

She was also a producer of murals and mosaics, a continuous exhibitor and frequent prize winner in competitive shows, and a teacher in many fields.

She was a member of the Pastel Society of America from 1975 (elected to their Hall of Fame in 1985), Fort Worth and Dallas Museums of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum and the National Society of Arts and Literature.


1978 received the "National Award for Best Floral" - Pastel Society of America

Listed in Who's Who in American Art since 1965

The Southern States Art League Award

Philbrook Museum in Tulsa Award

Accepted in the Mainstreams '77 at Marietta College in Ohio

Received honors with many one-man shows throughout the Southwest, including the Fort Worth Museum of Fine Arts, the Wichita Falls Museum of Fine Arts, and Longview Museum and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.


The American Water Color Society - New York

National Watercolor Annual - Jackson, Ms

Philbrook Museum - Tulsa, Ok

Southern States Art League Annual - Memphis, Tn

Virginia Biennial - Richmond Museum of Fine Arts

Oakland Art Gallery - Oakland, Ca

Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions - Dallas Museum of Fine Arts

Fort Worth and Tarrant County Annuals - Ft. Worth Art Center Museum

Annual invitational Exhibition - Longview, Tx

El Paso Museum Association Exhibition

Annual Exhibitions - Beaumont Museum - Beaumont, Tx

Texas Fine Arts Associations Annuals, Laguna Gloria Museum - Austin, Tx

Exhibition of Southwestern Prints and Drawings - Dallas Museum of Fine Arts

McNay Museum - Pastel Society of America - Austin, Tx

Witte Museum, San Antonio, Tx

University Art Museum , University of Texas, Austin, Tx

Juried Arts Festival Exhibition - Tyler, Tx

Santa Fe Annual, Santa Fe Museum, Santa Fe, Nm

Texas Artist, Texas Pavilion at the Hemisfair, San Antonio, Tx

Texas Painting and Sculpture, 20th Century, Pollock Galleries, Southern

Methodist University, Dallas, Tx

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Tx

Texas Tech Museum, Lubbock, Tx

Mainstreams '77, Marietta College, Marietta, Oh

National Open Competition, Pastel Society of America, New York, Ny

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