Woman of the Century/Sarah A. Worden
WORDEN, Miss Sarah A., artist, born in Xenia, Ohio, 10th October, 1853. Her father was a New Englander, of Puritan stock, and her mother was born in Kentucky, of Scotch parents. Miss Worden in childhood showed her artistic bent. Her parents gave her good educational advantages, but her father's death threw her upon SARAH A. WORDEN. her own resources at an early age. She entered Cooper Institute in New York City and was soon admitted to its most advanced classes, and to those of the Art Students' League. Her struggles as an art student and as a stranger in the city, dependent upon her own exertions, were successful means of vigorous development of character. She continued her studies for several years, until overwork and intense study impaired her health. She was subsequently invited to become a member of the faculty of Mt. Holyoke Seminary and College. She accepted the position as one of the instructors in art, and has filled it for several years. She participated in the transformation of the seminary into a college, and was instrumental in raising the standard of the art department and establishing a systematic course of study. She has made a specialty of landscape painting. Her pictures have been displayed in the exhibitions in New York and other large cities. Her literary inclinations have found expression in stray poems and prose articles in newspapers and magazines. She is deeply interested in all the questions of the day, artistic, social, political and religious. Her home is now in South Hadley, Mass.