On October 2, 1894, Sara Kolb Danner was born in New York City. She was raised in Philadelphia, PA where she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art under Harry Snell and the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. Later in her career she also studied at the Massachusetts Normal Art School under George L. Noyes, Stanford University and UC Santa Barbara. In 1917, she married her first husband William Danner. The couple moved to Santa Barbara in 1926.
Sara Kolb Danner is renowned for her skill as a landscape artist. She was a member of various California art organizations and received several recognitions for her accomplishments in fine art. The theater of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art is named after her. During her lifetime, she was also an accomplished poet, contributing regularly to The Saturday Review. In 1952, the Stanford Press published her poetry and paintings in a book titled Gallery Tour.
AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
1922 Prize for Still life, Indiana State Fair
1922 Prize for Landscape, South Bend Women Artists Club
1942, 1943 First Prize, Women Painters of the West
1951 Prize, Hoosier Salon
California Art Club
California Watercolor Society
League of American Pen Women
Palo Alto Art Club
Philadelphia Artists Alliance
Santa Barbara Art Association
Women Painters of the West
South Bend Regional Museum of Art, IN
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1955 Pacific Coast Biennial, Santa Barbara Museum of Art
National Academy of Design
Woodmere Art Gallery
1943, 1946 National Association of Women Artists, New York
1942, 1943 Women Painters of the West
1939 Golden Gate International Exposition
1934 Santa Cruz Art League
1931 California Art Club
1930, 1951 California State Fair
1930 Faulkner Memorial Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library
1922-23 Art Institute of Chicago
1919, 1951 Hoosier Salon
1953 Philadelphia Artists Alliance
1949 Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1943 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1929, 1934, 1941 Stanford Museum
1928, 1929 Santa Barbara Art League
1927, 1932 Art Institute of Chicago