Date: American painter, illustrator, and printmaker, 1866–1959
Biography: Born in Philadelphia, Wuanita Smith (1866-1959) studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she trained with painter Hugh Breckenridge,and in Paris. She was also a student of Howard Pyle at Drexel Institute from 1897-1899.
Smith illustrated numerous children's books. Also a prolific printmaker, she studied printmaking at Art Students League in New York with Allen Lewis and with Ralph Pearson at the Design Workshop. She mastered many techniques, including black-and-white and color woodblock, etching, and aquatint.
Smith was a founding member of American Color Print Society in Philadelphia. She exhibited there; in Provincetown, Massachusetts; and in Philadelphia, Delaware, Mississippi, Connecticut, and in international traveling exhibitions. Smith had studio on Nantucket. She traveled extensively, recording people and places in her prints. Sor a time, Smith had a studio on Nantucket. She associated with the women artists of the Provincetown Printmakers.
Wuanita Smith, in Almost Forgotten: Delaware Women Artists and Arts Patrons 1900-1950, by Jann Haynes Gilmore. The Biggs Museum of American Art. 2002