|George Gardner Symons|
George Gardner Symons was a landscape painter born in Chicago, Illinois on October 27, 1861. Symons began his art training at the Art Institute of Chicago and it was there that he met William Wendt who was to remain a close friend the rest of his life. After further study in Munich, Paris, and London, he worked as a commercial artist in Chicago. In 1884 he made his first trip to Southern California and in 1896, accompanied by Wendt, returned and built his studio south of Laguna Beach. He was to return to his studio often during his career while maintaining studios in the East. He is best known for his New England snow scenes; however, in California he painted rolling hillsides, orchards, and marines. Symons died in Hillside, New Jersey on January 12, 1930.
Member: National Academy of Design, 1911; Royal Society of British Artists; Laguna Beach Art Association; California Art Club; National Arts Club; Union Internationale des Beaux Arts et Lettres; American Federation of Arts; Century Association; Chicago Society of Artists; Salmagundi Club.
Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1899.
Awards: Carnegie Prize, National Academy of Design, 1909; Evans Prize, Salmagundi Club, 1910; Medal, Buenos Aires Exposition 1910; Gold Medal, National Art Club, 1912; Clark Prize, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1912; Saltus Gold Medal, National Academy of Design, 1913.
Works Held: Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences; Art Institute of Chicago; Cincinnati Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Laguna Museum; Butler Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Pasadena Art Museum; Toledo Museum; St. Louis Art Museum.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print