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Edythe Ferris
(American, 1897-1995)
Reeds and Lilies, 1927
Gouache on paper, 14 × 11 inches
Signed at lower right: "Ferris"
Exhibited: Moore Institute of Art and Industry, 1927.

RS 6639


Edythe Fisher was born in Riverton, New Jersey. In 1916, she entered the Philadelphia School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art), one of the first of its kind in the country. Ferris specialized in illustration and, during her years at the school, she received several awards including the Edmund Darch Lewis Award for illustration and the Mrs. Harrison S. Morris Prize, which funded a year of post-graduate study at the school.

In 1918, Edythe Fisher married Raymond Henry Ferris, an anthropology student who became an administrator at the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at area schools and art centers and exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Hollins College in Virginia (1933), Norlyst Gallery in New York (1948), Randolph-Macon Women's College in Virginia (1961), and at Drexel University (1959) and the Art Alliance (1959) in Philadelphia. In 1980, Ferris moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and that same year was given a retrospective at the University City Arts League in Philadelphia, of which she had been a founder in 1964.



  


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