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Stella LaMond, Summer Harvest

An adobe home is nestled beneath a cottonwood tree in full leaf, mid center of the lithograph. A dirt road winds from right towards the home. Fencing lines the road and a hugh pile of wheat is stacked on the left of the image behind the fence. Mountains undulate in the background; a small portion of the clear sky is visible. This is a typical, bucolic New Mexico scene carefully rendered.
- Judith Kendall, I.S.A., AM

Stella LaMond
La Mond was born in Morganfield, Kentucky. She attended the Thomas School, Detroit (1913 - 1914), before teaching art and music in Tekamah, Nebraska (1914 - 1915), and Morgan City, Louisiana (1916 - 1918). Between 1918 and 1924, she was art supervisor in the public schools of Fremont, Nebraska. For part of 1924, she attended Columbia University and taught at a teacher’s college in Kearney, Nebraska. In 1924, she also enrolled in George Peabody College for Teachers (now Peabody College at Vanderbilt University), Nashville, Tennessee, from which she received a bachelor of science (1926). Returning to Columbia University in 1929, she received a master of arts from that institution in 1930.

From 1926 until 1936, La Mond was head of the art department at East Texas State Teachers College, Commerce, before going to Dallas to teach at SMU. She was professor of art and head of the university art department from 1937 until retirement in 1959 as professor emeritus. In the summer of 1944, she attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and in the winter of 1947 - 1948 she studied lithography under Coreen Spellman. La Mond attended for brief periods the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. At various times she was a student of Alexandre Hogue, Arthur Raymond Young, George Sheldon Dutch, Sallie B. Tannahill, and Charles Martin. For study in lithography, her specialty, she received Carnegie scholarships (1947 - 1948), 1950 - 1951). La Mond died in a Dallas hospital.

Source: Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists by John and Deborah Powers
Summer Harvest, 1940
image: 9 × 11 1/2 in. (22.9 × 29.2 cm)
Gift of David and Carol Farmer