Longman, Evelyn Beatrice(American, 1874-1954)
Evelyn Beatrice Longman, a prolific sculptor of large-scale allegorical figures, was the first female sculptor to be elected a full member of the National Academy of Design. Born on a farm near Winchester, Ohio, Longman resolved to become a sculptor after visiting the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Longman studied with Lorado Taft at the Art Institute of Chicago, and later moved to New York, where she studied with Hermon Atkins MacNeil and Daniel Chester French. Her large-scale sculpture Venus first came to the attention of the public in the 1904 St. Louis Exposition. In 1915, AT&T commissioned Longman’s Genius of Electricity to crown the corporate headquarters. She also created decorative sculpture works for the Lincoln Memorial. Longman received many prizes and awards, including the prestigious Watrous Gold Medal for best sculpture.
Works Cited:
Falk, Peter, ed. Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975: 400 Years of Art in America. Madison: Sound View Press, 1999.

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