Alice Baber is the great-granddaughter of Mary Ellen Hanks Baber. She was born August 22, 1928, in Charleston, Coles Co. Illinois and died October 2, 1982 in New York City. She is interred at Fairview Cemetery, Edgar Co. Illinois. She married Paul Jenkins, a painter, June 16, 1964 at New Haven, Connecticut. They divorced in 1968.
At the age of 8 Alice began painting with Paul Turner Sargent in an adult summer class at Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, Charleston, Illinois. She majored in art at Lindenwood College Women and at Indiana University where she studied with the figurative expressionist, Alton Pickens. From 1951 on, Alice lived in New York City and Paris, France. She traveled extensively in Europe, India, Japan and South America. Her work has been shown in galleries worldwide.
Alice was curator of the New York women artists exhibition in celebration of International Women's Year 1975. From 1976 to 1978 she exhibited and lectured in 13 Latin-American countries under the auspices of the US Department of State. In 1982 the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, Indiana established the Alice Baber Memorial Collection of her work and others. In New York, her work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, Whitney, Metropolitan, and the Museum of Modern Art. In Washington, the Corcoran Gallery and the National Museum of Women in the Arts owns Babers.
Her oils and watercolors are also in art museums in San Francisco and Santa Barbara; California; Paris, Illinois; New Delhi, India; Manchester, England; Amsterdam, Holland; Osaka, Japan; Israel; Austria; and Cologne, Germany.
She is internationally known as an abstract expressionist, a colorist. He stain and lift technique created overlapping see-through ovoid shapes of color, floating weightless in space. Alice taught painting at the New School, New York City, the College of Creative Studies, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, and at Berkley. Other accomplishments include her former position as art editor for McCall's magazine.
Information Taken From: The Hanks Family Generations IX and X
An example of her work is below. Others may be found online by using search engines
Night of the Res Wind, oil on canvas 1978.
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