Emily Groom

Year inducted: 2005
1876-1975

Emily was an influence on several generations of Wisconsin artists. She maintained a fifty-five year connection with the Milwaukee-Downer College where she organized the art department and taught undergraduate and extension classes. She also taught at the Layton School of Art. She received her training at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students’ League in New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and in London with Frank Brangwyn. She was co-founder of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, and member of several artist organizations including the Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors, American Watercolor Society, the Chicago Gallery Association, Artists’ Equity, National Association of Woman Painters and Sculptors, Concord Art Association, and the Philadelphia and New York Watercolor Clubs. Her earliest recognition was a gold medal from the St. Paul Institute in 1917, thereafter exhibiting broadly and receiving awards in Chicago, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. In 1936, Porter Butts wrote of Emily Groom in his book, “Art in Wisconsin,” that “She is the most prominent woman painter of the early artist group.” As a respected and well-loved member of the Wisconsin art community, she remained active into her ninety-seventh year.

Works by Emily Groom