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“T” is for Taylor, Anna Heyward (1879-1956)

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South Carolina from A to Z “T” is for Taylor, Anna Heyward (1879-1956). Artist.

“T” is for Taylor, Anna Heyward (1879-1956). Artist. Born in Columbia, Taylor graduated from the South Carolina Presbyterian Institute for Young Ladies. After sojourns in New York and Boston, she travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East. She spent the summers of 1915 and 1916 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an emerging artists’ colony where printmakers were experimenting with wood-block prints. During World War I she was the first woman from South Carolina to serve with the American Red Cross in France. After the war Taylor became identified with the Charleston Renaissance. She was accomplished in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, linoleum and wood-block prints, batik on silk, and the design of screens. In 1950 Anna Heyward Taylor’s art was the focus of a retrospective exhibition, the first one-artist undertaking at the Columbia Museum of Art.