All of the women known as the Forgotten Nine lived and taught in Denton from the 1920s to the 1960s. And they were all skilled artists.
Jack Davis brought the idea of the exhibition to the Greater Denton Arts Council. He was a professor of art at the University of North Texas for 40 years.
He said he was inspired by an exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art in the mid-’90s called the “Dallas Nine”, which centered nine men; “and I thought, these women were a heck of a lot better artists than these men were, but they never got any recognition,” Davis said. “Because y’know they taught at a women’s university, they were women, they lived up the road about 30 miles from Dallas.”
Maegan Kirschner did research for the exhibition. She said it was important for women to work on this project.
“What I brought into it was from the female perspective,” Kirschner said. “And if you know a lot about scholarship about American women in history, there’s very little written about them.”
And Kirschner said the women in the exhibit are no exception: “Some of these women there really is not a lot about them you have to really dig. And so what my job was to play detective and go back and find the important aspects of their careers and their personal lives and to make them very human for the exhibition.”
Kirschner said she even had to use Ancestry.com to find out more about some of the artists.
That’s too bad, Jack Davis said, because these women collectively laid the foundation for a movement:
“They were really pioneers in bringing modernism to Texas art, because as early as the ’30s there are examples of their work that truly shows all of the characteristics of American modernism.”
Thanks to the research done by Davis and Kirschner, you can learn more about each of the “Forgotten Nine” artists below:
1. Carlotta Corpron
Carlotta Corpron had three facts that she wanted people to remember about her when she died: she wanted people to know about her background in India, her interest in photography, and her love of Siamese cats. She was very proud to own seven generations of Siamese cats. Corpron has many abstract photographic works, and most of her collection is held at the Amon Carter museum.