Discipline: Visual Art

Laura Douglas

Discipline: Visual Art
Region: Washington, D.C.
MacDowell Fellowships: 1948

Laura Glenn Douglas (1886-1962) was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina and began her studies in Columbia, South Carolina. She later attended the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC and in 1925, she was in New York at the Art Students League. From 1927-1935 Douglas studied in Paris with Fernand Leger and in Munich with Hans Hoffman. Douglas’s paintings were shown widely in Paris, including at important exhibitions such as the Salon d’Automme, the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon des Independants. Upon here return to America in 1935, Douglas worked on commissions in South Carolina, producing both easel paintings and murals for public buildings from 1935 -1938 and again from 1940 – 1942.

In 1942 Douglas established a permanent studio in Washington, D.C. and for the next twenty years taught painting at The Phillips Collection. Her letters of reference included praise from Hans Hoffman, Fernand Leger, Alfred Stieglitz, and Georgia O’Keefe.



Laura Douglas worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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