Exhibited in the Ninth Annual Student Art show at the State University of Iowa.
Coreen Mary Spellman was a fine-art
teacher as well as a painter, designer, illustrator, lithographer and
muralist. Many of her paintings depicted human-made structures and
industrial landscapes in a style combining realism, precisionism and
abstraction. Often the central subject such as in "Railroad Signal" was
the only suggestion of humanity against a backdrop of stark Texas
Of her painting these isolated subjects she said: "I
enjoy taking some rather obscure or unimportant subject or theme and
making something fine and important out of it . . . It always gives me
great pleasure to discover something which has been passed over as being
inadequate material". (Trenton 199)
Spellman was born in Forney,
Texas in 1905. At an early age she moved to Dallas, Texas and studied
under Vivian Aunspaugh before attending the College of Industrial Arts
(Texas Woman's University). She received a Master of Arts degree from
Columbia University and a Masters Degree from the University of Iowa,
Iowa City in 1942.
In addition, Spellman received a Carnegie
Scholarship for study at Harvard University, followed by studies with
Kenneth Hayes Miller, Vaclav Vytlacil, and Charles Wheeler Locke at the
Art Students League of New York. Spellman was also a student of Eliot
O'Hara and William E. Schumacher and attended the Art Institute of
From 1925 to 1974, she taught painting, illustration
and drawing at her alma mater in Denton, Texas as well as at the Dallas
Museum of Fine Arts School. She designed a brick mural in 1955 for Texas
State College for Women and also illustrated a number of children's
books. In a national competition of 1932, her lithograph "Nude" was
selected by John Taylor Arms and Max Weber for inclusion in "Fifty
Prints of the Year", a nationwide tour under the sponsorship of the
American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York.
Coreen Spellman died in Denton, Texas in 1978 and was buried in Forney, Texas.
was a member of the Denton Art League; Southern States Art League;
Texas Fine Arts Association; Texas Printmakers, and the Texas Watercolor
Exhibitions included Annual Texas Artists Exhibition;
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio; Texas
Centennial Exposition, Dallas; National Exhibition of American Art,
Rockefeller Center, New York; Greater Texas and PanAmerican Exposition,
Dallas; Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition; Annual Texas Print
Exhibition, Dallas; American Society of Etchers, and the First National
Print Exhibition, Brooklyn (New York) Museum.