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Oshkosh arts avant-garde: Helen Farnsworth Mears

1:08 PM, May 17, 2013
Helen Farnsworth Mears' Studio, 1916. The crowded, rough condition of the studio is a reflection of the hard times experienced by the artist and her sister Mary.
Helen Farnsworth Mears' Studio, 1916. The crowded, rough condition of the studio is a reflection of the hard times experienced by the artist and her sister Mary.
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Oshkosh's most prominent female artist, and arguably its most talented artist in any right, was Helen Farnsworth Mears.

This sculptor's artistic achievements are truly points of pride for the city. Though her works are displayed in such grand places as the nation's capitol and the Smithsonian, citizens have the privilege of seeing her art locally at the Oshkosh Public Museum and the Paine Art Center and Gardens.

Church records list her birth date as December 21, 1871, and her name as Nellie. She changed her name as a teenager to Helen Farnsworth after an aunt by that name who had passed away. ...

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