Woman of the Century/Frances Miller Mumaugh
MUMAUGH, Mrs. Frances Miller, artist, born in Newark, N. Y., 11th July, 1860. She is a descendant of an old Lutheran family from Saxony. Her childhood was passed in the Genesee Valley. When a mere child her artistic faculty attracted the attention of her teachers. She was educated in the public schools, but without instruction in her special line, in which she continued to show development. In 1879 she became the wife of John E. Mumaugh, of Omaha, Neb., where they afterward resided, and which is now her home. She was soon identified with western art and artists. Broad in her ideas, she was not a follower of any particular school, bin absorbed truth and beauty wherever interpreted, and sought for herself nature's inspirations. Thrown on her own resources in 1885, with a two-year-old daughter to care FRANCES MILLER MUMAUGH. for, this delicate woman, strengthened to the test and faltering not in devotion to her art, won her way unaided to a recognized supremacy among western artists. With the exception of a course of study in water-color under Jules Cluerin, of Chicago, and a summer course in oil with Dwight Frederick Boyden, of Paris, her progress is due almost entirely to her own efforts. She is an artist of exceptional merit and promise. She delights in landscapes, in which line she is always successful. As a teacher she excels ; her classes are always full. She has conducted the art department in Long Pine Chautauqua for four years, and one season in Fremont, Neb. She has been one of the board of directors of the Western Art Associa- tion since its organization, in 1888.