The Old Print Shop

Joan Drew


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.