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Sara Kolb Danner (1894-1969) - Artists - Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara's Finest Art Gallery

Still Life, c. 1939

35.5 x 37 inches | oil on canvas

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.

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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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Group Exhibitions:

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

Solo Exhibitions:

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


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