Anna Keener Wilton

Anna Elizabeth Keener
b. 1895 –Flagler, Colorado
d. 1982 –Santa Fe, NM

Anna Keener’s academic accomplishments are impressive for a woman active in the first half of the 20th century. She used “Anna Keener” for her creative work and her married name, “Anna Wilton” for her teaching and scholarly work.
Her exhibition record spans 1927 through 1964 (a University of New Mexico one woman show).
Keener’s regionalist style showed the impressionist influence of her teacher and mentor, Birger Sandzen. In addition to painting, Keener was a printmaker and a designer. She designed the official ring for Eastern New Mexico State University during the time she was on its faculty.
She was a strong advocate for art education in public education.
She was one of the founders of the New Mexico Arts Commission.
Education and teaching
1916 BFA Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS,
1918 Master of Arts Degree, also taught painting
1915-1917 Art Institute of Chicago, summer sessions World War I–served in US Navy, Detroit, MI
1916-1918 Detroit School of Design, evening classes
1919– Kansas City Art Institute

1916-1919 Globe, Arizona public schools
1920-1923 Kansas City High School in Kansas.
1925-1926 Sul Ross State University. Alpine, TX
1930s taught in New Mexico schools: Red River, Ojo Caliente, Las Vegas, Gallup,
1941 Mexico City –study
1942–1954 Eastern New Mexico State University, Portales, NM Instructor and Head of the Art Department
1949 Colorado State Teachers College, Greeley, CO (student)
1951 Master of Arts Degree University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Mexico City –study
Santa Fe, painting and print making
1962 California College of Arts and Crafts
Federal Art Projects
1942 The Zuni Potters, mural, McKinley County Courthouse, Gallup, NM
Gallup Federal Art Center
1939-1942 Director
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas
Texas Historical Society, Canyon, TX
Museums and Collections:
Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS
Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
Texas Historical Society
Museum of Fine Arts and New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe
Santa Fe Public Library
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Fred Jones Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
John H. Vanderpoel Art Assoc., Chicago, IL
San Francisco Public Library

SPONTANEITY IN DESIGN (Kansas City: Missouri Valley Press, 1923).

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