born Nov. 15, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin died in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 6, 1986
She was an American painter, born in Wisconsin. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago, the Art Students League in New York, and Columbia Teacher's College in New York. She as an Art Teacher before she became a full time artist. She was considereda leader in the development of the American Modernism Movement. Still lifes, massive flowers, New York at night, Southwest Landscapes were all subject of her painting. In 1939, she was selected as one of 12 most outstanding women of the past 50 years by the New York World's Fair Committee. In 1985, O'Keefe was granted the National Medal of Arts by President Ronald Reagan. President Ford gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedn in 1993, and she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.