The Abstract Art of Georgia O’Keeffe

The artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on November 18, 1887. In 1905, O’Keeffe attended the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City to study at the Art Students League in New York City in the period 1907-08. After working as a commercial artist in Chicago, she became interested in Oriental design. From 1912 to 1914, she worked as a public school art supervisor in Amarillo, Texas, and then moved back to New York City to attend Columbia, where she took art classes conducted by Arthur Wesley Dow. Dow’s system of art education was rooted in Oriental art themes. In 1916, she was appointed department head of art-teacher training at West Texas State Normal College, where she used Dow’s philosophy in her teacher-training. She remained at the college through 1918.