Polly Hoffman

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POLLY HOFFMAN (Am. 1890-1949)

Born Willie Rossie Johnston. Polly Hoffman has been listed in the American Art Annual since 1929. She was a native Texan, born in Bryan in 1890 and attended public schools there and in San Angelo before graduating from the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, in 1914. Afterwards, Hoffman taught at Texas Womanís University, Denton, Texas (then called College of Industrial Arts) before settling in Wichita Falls about 1918. She taught art in her home and designed furniture. Hoffman was a pupil of Xavier Gonzales and Adele Laure Brunet, as well as Henry Varnum Poor, Henry Bayley Snell, and Will Henry Stevens. Polly Hoffman died in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1949.

Exhibitions: Texas-Oklahoma Fair, Wichita Falls (1925 prize, 1926 prize, 1927 prize); Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition (1932-33, 1947); Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas (1936); Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition (1927, 1929, 1931, 1935); Texas Fine Arts Association (1946); Texas General Exhibition (1946) Wichita Falls Womanís Forum; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; Wichita Falls Art Association (1947 one-woman).

Collections: Midwestern State University, First Christian Church, First Methodist Church, and Kemp Public Library in Wichita Falls, Wichita Falls public schools, Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center.

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