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DORR BOTHWELL (1902-2000)

1902
Born in San Francisco, CA
1906
Tells parents she will become an artist
1911
Moves to San Diego with parents
1916
Begins art studies under Anna Valentien, Donal Hord is a classmate
1921-24
Studies with Gottardo Piazzoni, California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco; Rudolf Schaffer School of Design, San Francisco; University of Oregon
1924-27
Studio, San Francisco, Montgomery Block
1925
Charter member of the Society of San Francisco Women Artists
1925-27
Opens Modern Gallery, Montgomery Street, San Francisco with eight other artists
1928-29
Travels to Samoa, becomes the adopted daughter of the tribe’s chief and lives as a member of the tribe, painting the whole time
1930
Returns to San Francisco for two weeks, becoming a local celebrity for her time in Samoa
1930-31
Travels and studies in England, France, and Germany
1931
Returns to San Diego from Europe
1932-34
Settles in San Diego, married to sculptor Donal Hord
1934
Separates from Donal Hord

Moves to La Jolla

Moves to Los Angeles and joins post-surrealist group around Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg
1935-36
Design at Gladding-McBean, Los Angeles
1935
Opens Bothwell-Cooke Gallery in Los Angeles
1936-39
Works in mural division of the Federal Arts Project, Los Angeles
1938-39
WPA, designs dioramas/mechanized exhibitions for L.A. County  Museum
1940
Moves to San Francisco, creates murals for Manning Coffee Restaurant, Sutter Street
1943
Sees an exhibition of serigraphs and is inspired to lean the technique
1944-48
Teaches at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco
1949-51
Goes to Paris on Abraham Rosenberg Fellowship for Art Study Abroad
1952
Teaches at Parsons School of Design, New York
1953-58
Resumes teaching at California School of Fine Arts
1959-96
Teaches at San Francisco Art Institute
1960
Bill Zacha, founder of Mendocino Art Center invites her to teach and live in his art colony; moves to Mendocino
1961-97
Instructs at Mendocino Art Center
1964-78
Teaches composition/design at Ansel Adams Photography Workshops, Yosemite
1966-67
In Nigeria and Tunisia, does photo-documentation of craft techniques
1968
Authors Notan - on the Interaction of Positive and Negative Spaces with Marlys Mayfield; reissued in 1976; first translation 1977(Danish)
1970
Travels and studies in England, France, and Holland
1971
Conducts symposium for teachers, Notan Design London, England
1974
Travels and studies in Bali, Java, and Sumatra
1979
Instructor in Composition at Victor School of Photography, Colorado

Receives San Francisco Women in the Arts Award, Women's Caucus for Art
1982,85
Travels and studies in China and Japan
1992
Settles in Arizona
1998
Receives Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award
1999
Travels to San Diego Historical Museum to speak at Donal Hord Exhibition
2000
Receives a second Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, which allows her to have her work, records and memoirs preserved and archived

Speaks at an exhibition in San Diego honoring the work of Donal Hord

Returns to Mendocino due to failing vision and mobility

Dies in Ft. Bragg, California September 24 at age 98

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1927
Modern Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1929
San Diego Fine Arts Museum, CA
1930
Beaux Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1941
San Francisco Art Association, CA
1948-52
Serigraph Galleries, New York, NY
1958
Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
1962-68
Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, CA
1963
Signs and Fences,  M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
1969
The Daily Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1972
Bolles Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1976-77
Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, CA
1977
Falkirk Center, San Rafael, CA
1979
Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, CA
1982
Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, CA
1985-87
Bay Window Gallery, Mendocino, CA
1989
Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1991
Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1993
Dorr Bothwell: Screenprints, Drawings, Paintings, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997
Dorr Bothwell: Paintings and Screenprints, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999
Dorr Bothwell: A Special Vision, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Dorr Bothwell: Original Prints from Three Decades, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
2001
Memorial Retrospective, Tobey C. Moss Gallery
2004
Dorr Bothwell: An Eye Towards Abstraction, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:
1925 San Francisco Art Association, Fine Arts Building, San Francisco, CA
1927
San Diego Art Guild, San Diego, CA
1929
San Francisco Art Association, San Francisco, CA
1932
San Diego Art Guild, San Diego, CA
1933
San Diego Art Guild, San Diego, CA
1939
Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, CA
1952
M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA

The Serigraph, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1952-58
Carnegie International Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA
1955
 Il Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1977
Thirty Years of American Printmaking,  Brooklyn Museum, NY
1990
A Spectrum of Innovation: Color in American Printmaking 1890-1960, Worcester Art Museum, MA
1990-92
A Time and Place, The Ries Collection: Oakland Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida
1995
Pacific Dreams: Current of Surrealism and Fantasy in California Art 1934-1957, Oakland Art Museum; UCLA/Hammer Museum of Art; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
1995-97
Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West 1890-1945, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, CA

Gilcrease Museum, OK
1996
On the Edge of America, California Modernist Art 1900-1950, Jack Rutberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000
Circles of Influence: Impressionism to Modernism in Southern California Art, Orange County Museum of Art, CA
2000-01
Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2001
Head Count, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Women: On Common Ground, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2001-03
Vital Forms: American Art in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2002
Creative Transitions, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2002-03
Holiday Highlights, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2003
With an Eye and a Passion: Selections from the Allan and Susan Marion Cllection, The Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA

From Brice and Feitelson to Goya and Ribera: Four Centuries of the Figure, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2003-04
Not So Still Life, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2004
Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Of Women/By Women, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2006
Drawings: The Hand of the Artist, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2007
The She of It, Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Public Collections:
Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

Publications:
1968 Notan: The Principle of Light and Dark Design, Bothwell and Frey, Van Nostrand-Reinhold, New York
1976
Notan reissued in paperback
1977
Notan translated into Danish
1991
Notan new English edition

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