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Artist Biography

An accomplished artist from a young age, Honolulu-born Felicie Waldo Howell spent much of her childhood in Athens, sketching and painting. Although the exact chronology of her early career is uncertain, Howell enrolled at Washington’s Corcoran School of Art, and had already begun winning awards for her painting before she reached the age of twenty. According to a Macbeth Gallery exhibition catalogue, in her years at the Corcoran, “she carried off every medal for which she was eligible”. By 1916, the artist had already won a prize at the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors annual exhibition, and received a scholarship to study in London with Henry B. Snell, who taught at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. Though just beyond her student years, Howell received the National Academy of Design’s prestigious Hallgarten Prize in 1921, as well as the Peabody Prize at the Art Institute of Chicago that same year. In 1922, she became an Associate of the National Academy of Design in New York City, and in 1945, full Academician. She was praised for her rich palette and ability to capture movement convincingly.

Howell was well regarded in her day, and she received solo exhibitions at leading museums and galleries. These included Boston’s Doll & Richards and Vose Galleries; the Everson Museum of Art (formerly the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts), Syracuse, NY; the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; the Macbeth and Grand Central Galleries in New York, NY; and the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio, among others. Her works can also be found in several permanent collections including the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution and Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and at the National Arts Club and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


in Lights of New York (1932), n.p.