Margaret Sutton: Life + Art

ARTH 317: Laboratory in Museum Studies

an exhibition at UMW Galleries, April 19-June 29, 2017

Margaret Sutton (1905-90) was a 1926 graduate of the State Teacher’s College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, now the University of Mary Washington. Sutton’s career as an artist was long and varied. She received her Master’s in Fine Arts Education from the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York City in 1930. Also in the ’30s she studied at the Art Students League, perhaps with George Grosz, and with Hans Hofmann at his school. During WWII she returned to Columbia where took drafting and engineering classes that allowed her to work for Grumman Aircraft from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. After the war she worked as a technical illustrator for the Merganthaler Linotype Company until her retirement in 1969. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s Sutton traveled annually to England where she made dozens of drawings of English cathedrals. Alfred Levitt, a painter and lifelong companion, gave the entirety of Margaret’s work, as well as his own, to Mary Washington in 1993.

In the spring of 2017, students in ARTH 317: Laboratory in Museum Studies, worked with me to produce an exhibition of Margaret Sutton’s work at the Phyllis Ridderhof Martin Gallery at UMW. We hope you enjoy the recordings here. Additional material is available in the exhibition catalogue.

Thank you for visiting!

Marjorie Och, Professor of Art History