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Mary Elizabeth Price

Mary Elizabeth Price enjoyed a long career with considerable critical and commercial success. She made a reputation painting decorative floral panels of peonies, poppies, hollyhocks, and delphiniums often with gold and silver leaf backgrounds. She worked in an impressionist style, influenced by such fellow members of the New Hope School as Daniel Garber. Price came from a family well-connected in the arts, and she used this to great advantage.

Price's notable exhibition history began in 1914 when she submitted a work to the Corcoran Biennial.  She would show there seven times. In 1921 she was accepted to the National Academy of Design and exhibited there sixteen times between 1921 and 1934.  In 1927 she won Carnegie Prize for best oil painting for one of her Spanish Galleons pictures. By far Price's most impressive record with was at her alma mater, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she exhibited for twenty years.  She also mounted solo shows and exhibited annually with The Philadelphia Ten from 1921 to 1945.

In 1931, Price collaborated with fellow Philadelphia Ten painter, Lucille Howard, to paint a series of murals for the rooms of the American Women's Association clubhouse (an organization Price was chairwoman of at the time). This mural received wide acclaim, as the painting technique mimicked the interwoven stitch-work of samplers and needlework; an art form that had not received proper recognition and was often done anonymously by many American girls and women. Price was an advocate for the exhibition of women's artwork and was a pioneer in the area of art education for women.