Allie Victoria Tennant

(1898?–1971) A sculptor associated with the Dallas Nine and a St. Louis native, Tennant  moved with her family to Dallas at an early age. From 1927 to 1928 she attended the Art Students League in New York City. In a group of artists dominated by men, Tennant made portrait busts, full-figure commemorative works, fountain pieces, and architectural sculpture. One work, Negro Head (Negro) (1935), is now in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art. She also completed the relief Cattle, Oil, and Wheat (1940), for the post office in Electra,  funded by the Work Projects Administration. Tennant  won prizes for sculptures exhibited in the Dallas Allied Arts exhibitions in 1928, 1929, and 1932, and in 1935 won the Kiest Memorial Prize from the Dallas Art Association.  She received national recognition with exhibited works at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1935), the Art Institute of Chicago (1935), the Kansas City Art Institute (1935), the Architectural League of New York (1938), the World’s Fair in New York (1939), the Whitney Museum of American Art (1940), the National Sculpture Society (1940), and the Carnegie Institute (1941). Source: Texas State Historical Association.

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