Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Katharine Beecher Stetson

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
MacDowell Fellowships: 1911, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917

Katharine Beecher Stetson (1885-1979) was a sculptor and landscape painter. Born in Providence, RI, on March 23, 1885. Katherine was the daughter of feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman and artist Charles W. Stetson. She studied in Rome and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). She met artist and MacDowell Fellow Frank Tolles Chamberlin at MacDowell, and they would marry in 1918. After settling in Pasadena, California in 1925, she remained there until her death on Feb. 18, 1979.

Portrait courtesy of the estate of Ethel Middaugh



Katharine Beecher Stetson worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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