Susan Merrill Ketcham

Artist (United States)
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Ketcham (American, 1841-1930) took an early interest in art and helped establish two art schools in Indianapolis, but she did not begin to paint seriously until she was over forty years old. Born to a pioneering Indiana family, Ketcham became a painter and teacher. She was one of eighteen women who in 1883 founded the Art Association of Indianapolis which became the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Herron School of Art and Design. She organized the artwork for the Art Association’s first exhibition and hired faculty to open the school. For the first year, she taught at the school and took summer trips in the U. S. and Europe. As a middle-aged woman, Ketcham enrolled in the Art Students League in New York and was elected a life member. She studied with William Merritt Chase and became godmother to his son. New York was the focus of her life, and she became involved with the Art Students League. In the summers, she went to Ogunquit, Maine to paint seascapes and teach summer classes.