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Joan Drew Ritchings was born in Indiana. In 1938 she graduated from the Massachusetts School of Art in Boston, winning a scholarship in her junior year. After graduation Drew studied painting at the studio of Elsa Schmid for two years. She won a Merit Scholarship to the Arts Student League in New York City, where she studied with Harry Sternberg and Arnold Singer. Joan Drew was a source of inspiration to those who knew her – she shared her studio with two owls and founded the Gray Moose Press.
Her work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Boston Museum of fine Arts, Boston, MA; Boston Public Library, Boston, MA; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA; New York Public Library, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; among others.VISIT THE COLLECTION share forward to a friend VISIT THE COLLECTION share forward to a friend