E Boyd - 5/1/2017

Today E Boyd is mostly remembered as a scholar of Spanish colonial art, but it was her talent as a painter that lead her to research the subject in which she would become an authority. Born in Philadelphia, PA as Elizabeth Boyd White, she signed her paintings and preferred to be called by the gender-neutral "E Boyd". Boyd studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy for Fine Art and later at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. After she moved to Santa Fe in 1929 she exhibited her work regularly at this museum from 1933-1951. In 1933 she co-founded and began exhibiting with the Rio Grande Painters, a group that included Charles Barrows, Eleanor Cowles, Anne Stockton, James S Morris, Gina Schnaufer, Paul Lantz, and Cady Wells.

E Boyd, Church at Laguna, New Mexico, n.d.11 × 14 in. watercolor
On long term loan from the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art 1770.23P
 

After the Rio Grande Painters disbanded in 1936, Boyd received funding from the Fine Arts Program of the U.S. General Services Administration to research and complete watercolors documenting designs from 18th and 19th century New Mexico. These watercolors were used to make the hand-colored woodcuts that formed the 1938 publication Portfolio of Spanish Colonial Design in New Mexico. When Cady Wells donated his collection of santos to the state he recommended his friend Boyd as curator in charge of it. From that point on she dedicated her life primarily to the art of others. Boyd's office and the collection of santos she cared for resided here before they moved to the Museum of International Folk Art. Watercolor paintings by Boyd and Wells are currently on view in the galleries in Cady Wells : Ruminations and Imagining New Mexico.

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