Louise Smith Everton: 1920 - 1995
Artist, Educator and Former President of the Alabama Art League
Louise Everton was a Birmingham native, born on August 27, 1920. Prior to graduating from Birmingham-Southern College in 1940, she attended the University of Alabama. She later studied at the Art Students League in New York and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. She specialized in watercolors and attended the Dixie Art Colony in 1940, 1945, and 1947. Louise married Edward Everton of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1942 and alternated her residence between Baltimore and Birmingham for the rest of her life. She taught at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 1972 until 1980 and earlier at Brooke Hill School for Girls in Birmingham and at Walker Junior College in Jasper. Louise also taught privately for many years. She was a former president of the Alabama Art League and a former treasurer of the Alabama Watercolor Society. She became a fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters in 1961.
Her works were exhibited in shows in Alabama and elsewhere, including the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maryland Artists Annual. She also had one-woman shows in Alabama and at the Art Institute and Gallery of Wicomico County, Maryland. Today her artwork can be found in the permanent collections of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College. Louise died on July 8, 1995, in Baltimore, at the age of 74.
- Born: Birmingham, AL on August 27, 1920; Death: Princess Anne, MD on July 8, 1995
- Best Known For: Regionalism or American Scene Painting
- Methods: Easel and Plein Air Painting, Watercolors and Oils
- Secondary Education: Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; Art Students League, New York City, NY; Maryland Institute of Design, Baltimore, MD
- Books: Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975
- Periodicals: Alabama Heritage, Summer 1996
- Museums: Dixie Art Colony Foundation, Wetumpka, AL; Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL; Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, AL
- Archived Files: All archived files are password protected and available upon written request. The archive includes original documents, photographs and examples of her artwork. Access Louise Smith Everton Files (We are in the process of digitizing our archives. Additional content will be added on a regular basis as it becomes available.)