An example of Mae's work

From Perfect Duluth Day:

Gruber was a "painter's painter" whose works were often reminiscent of her Art Students League mentor Edwin Dickinson -- subjects ranging from Duluth's Chester Park to California landscapes (she taught at Berkeley), to still life and interiors done in her New York City apartments.

Gruber was born in 1934 in Duluth. She attended East Junior and Senior High Schools, and in 1956 graduated from Carleton College with a bachelor's degree in art, minoring in English and French. At Carleton she studied with Scottish-born painter and sculptor Alfred John Hyslop. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant and spent parts of 1956 and '57 studying at the University of Paris, painting and traveling in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. On her return she earned a master of fine arts degree from Syracuse University, where she taught courses in design. 

Gruber went on to teach at the University of California Berkeley (1958-62), and at the Hoffman School and Chapin Schools in New York City (1966-72). She had returned to Duluth by the mid-1970s, living quietly in the family home on Chester Park Drive. She shared the house with her brother, Edward R. Gruber (1924-2004), who was a dedicated participant and supporter of Duluth’s Matinee Musicale beginning in the 1950s.

Between 1953 and 1963, Mae Gruber spent many summer sessions at the Art Students League in New York. There, she worked with renowned artist Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978), who taught at the league, at Cooper Union and at the Brooklyn Museum School. She spent the early 1970s sorting and assessing her own paintings and writing notes about where and when they were done on the back of each work. She died in Duluth on Jan. 14, 2014.


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