Anna Lee Stacey (1865-1943)

Anna Stacey (1865-1943) was a known figure and marine painter early in her career and a landscape, still life and portrait painter her later period. She was born in Glasgow Missouri and attended art school at the Pritchett Institute (later Pritchett College) in Kansas City, Missouri. By the late 1880s, Anna had established a notable reputation as an artist under her maiden name, signing her work Anna Lee Day. While attending Pritchett, she met the School Director, John Stacey, whom she married in 1891 and the couple subsequently moved to Chicago. She also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1893 to 1899, and traveling to Paris with her husband, attended the Academie Delecluse. The couple spent many winters in California, especially in Pasadena, and finally settled in Pasadena in 1937. Anna was a member of Chicago Painters and Sculptors, Illinois; Chicago Water Color Club, Illinois; California Society of Artists; Friday Morning Club, Los Angeles; Ebell Club, Los Angeles; California Art Club; and the Pasadena Society of Artists, California. Anna exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois 1895-1933 (solo and prizes); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annual, Philadelphia, 1908-1915, 1920-1925; Corcoran Gallery Biennial, 1910; Chicago Society of Artists, 1912 (prize); Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, California, 1915; Chicago Gallery Association, Illinois, 1927 (solo); California Art Club, 1938; Pasadena Society of Artists, California, 1938 (honorable mention); Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, California, 1939; and Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1940. A large collection of her work is held by the Pasadena school system.