Sara Kolb Danner (1894-1969)

Our collection includes artworks by Sara Kolb Danner.


Sara Kolb Danner was born in New York, NY in 1894. Her father, who was an artist and student of Thomas Eakins, taught her to paint as a child. She later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where the Sara Kolb Danner Theatre is named for her. She also studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, the Massachusetts Normal Art School, the California College of Arts and Crafts, at Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She also received instruction from George L. Noyes and Henry Snell.

She was a member of the Hoosier Salon, Women Painters of the West, California Water Color Society, California Art Club and the Palo Alto Art Club.

During her years in Indiana she exhibited with the South Bend Artists and at the Hoosier Salon, where, in 1919, she received the prize for the best landscape by a woman. She exhibited with the Philadelphia Art Alliance and at the Woodmere Art Museum in that city.

In California she exhibited with the Women Painters of the West, at the Golden Gate International Exposition of 193940, the California State Fair, Santa Barbara Museum, Stanford Museum and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. One-person shows of her work were held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1927 and 1939. She also exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York.

Danner wrote poetry which appeared frequently in The Saturday Review. In 1952 the Stanford Press published a book combining her paintings and poetry entitled “Gallery Tour.”