Georgia O'Keeffe

Year inducted: 2007

One of the best known artists of the twentieth century, Georgia’s association in New York City with Alfred Steiglitz, who she was to marry, and with fellow Wisconsin native, Edward Steichen, placed her at the forefront of progressive American painting. Despite the world wide recognition and heady acclaim she was to receive in her lifetime, her roots and youthful experiences were in rural Wisconsin soil. She was born in a farmhouse on a large dairy farm outside of Sun Prairie on November 15, 1887. From the book "FULL BLOOM, The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe" we find this quote: "She could stroll the dirt lanes for hours and not see a building or a field that didn't belong to her family. In the spring and summer, wildflowers bloomed against the wire and wood-post fence beyond which plains rolled out to an unbroken horizon. In the fall and winter months, she looked out her bedroom window at the broad gun-metal sky. This land left an impression of spatial grandeur on young Georgia and she would ever credit it as being integral to, even crucial in, her development as an artist…"Where I come from, the earth means everything," she once said. "Life depends on it." In May of 1942 O'Keeffe traveled to Madison to receive an honorary degree from the University. During this trip, she also visited Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. In 1962 she made her last journey to Wisconsin to see her sister, Catherine, in Portage. They visited their childhood home in Sun Prairie and a few of their many cousins still living in the area. In 1966 she received the Wisconsin Governor's Award for Creativity in the Arts, and In May of 1968 she received the Distinguished Service Citation in the Arts from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

Works by Georgia O'Keeffe