(1876, Wayland, Mass. – 1975, Milwaukee, WI)
Once described as “the most prominent woman painter of the early artist group” by Porter Butts (former Director of the UW’s Wisconsin Union), Emily Groom boasted a career filled with local and national recognition in the form of awards and noted exhibitions.
Groom studied art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts under Edmund Tarbull, Art Institute of Chicago with John Vanderpeol, Art Students League in NY with Birge Harrison, and in London with Frank Brangwyn.
Groom organized the art department, as well as taught undergraduate and extension classes at the Milwaukee Downer College from 1901/2 to 1917 and again from 1935 to 1957. She also taught at the Layton School of Art. During her almost twenty-year stint from teaching, Groom turned her attention full time to painting, exhibiting, and traveling.
Groom painted with oils, pastels, and watercolors, which she preferred to paint en plein air. Her e...