Eunice Parsons was born on August 4, 1916 in Loma, Colorado. Her
family moved to Chicago, Illinois when she was four years old, and a
childhood talent for visual art nurtured by her parents and a few influential
teachers resulted in studies at the Chicago Art Institute in 1934 and 1935.
After marriage in 1936, a move to Portland, Oregon, and raising three
children, Parsons resumed her education at the Portland Museum Art
School, studying there from 1950 through 1954. She joined the faculty in
1957 and until 1979 taught painting, printmaking and composition. Other
teaching positions during her career included classes at Portland State
University, Holy Child Academy, the Portland YWCA and at the Creative Art
Community at Menucha, Oregon.
Numerous trips to Europe over a period of three decades, including several
on which she led groups of art students, and two trips to China in the 1980's
were marked influences on her work.
In May, 2001, Parsons was presented with an Honorary M.F.A. by the
Pacific Northwest College of Art, formerly the Portland Museum Art School.
"Eunice Parsons, A Fifty Year Retrospective", was on view concurrently in
the College's Feldman Gallery. The occasion was also marked by the
endowment by Dr. Stephen Wiener of a student travel scholarship in
Eunice Parsons is included in the recent publication, Oregon Painters, the
First Hundred Years, 1859-1959: Index and Biographical Dictionary,
by Allen and Klevit; as well as George Johanson, Equivalents, Portraits
of 80 Oregon Artists, the exhibition catalog published by the Portland Art
Museum, which includes artist statements and a representative artwork.
EUNICE PARSONS, A Catalogue of the Artist's Work, was unveiled at
a publication party in Portland on February 24, 2002. A limited number of
copies are available for purchase.
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Eunice Parsons with
former students, PNCA,
May 25, 2001.
Exhibitions: 1958 - 2004
Marylhurst College, Portland, OR
University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA
Pacific Northwest Collegeof Art, Portland, OR
Wentz Gallery, Museum Art School, Portland, OR
Oregon State University Memorial Union, Corvallis, OR
Sally Judd Gallery, Portland, OR
The Fountain Gallery, Portland, OR
Morrison Street Gallery, Portland, OR
Lipman's Little Gallery, Portland, OR
Twelfth Avenue Gallery, Eugene, OR
Bush House, Salem, OR
Vancouver Art Society, Vancouver, WA
Northwest Craft Center, Seattle, WA
Attic Gallery, Portland, OR
Oranges/Sardines Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art Space, Bay City, OR
Image Gallery, Portland, OR
Bizarre Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR
Art Adventure Gallery, Madras, OR
Basil Hallward Gallery, Portland, OR
Humpal-Holcombe Fine Arts, Portland, OR
Graystone Gallery, Portland, OR
Karin Clarke Gallery, Eugene, OR
Portland Symphony Society, Portland, OR
Jewish Community Center, Portland, OR
Linnton Community Center, Portland, OR
West Hills Unitarian Fellowship, Portland, OR
First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR
Cassidy's, Portland, OR