Mary DeNeale Morgan Biography

Born in San Francisco, Morgan’s family moved to Oakland when she was two years old.  She studied at the San Francisco School of Design under Virgil Williams, Emil Carlsen and Amedee Joullin, and was a favorite student of William Keith from her youth until the time of his death in 1911.  In 1896 she opened a studio in Oakland and, for a brief period of time, taught art at Oakland High School. Around 1907 she moved to Carmel, where she bought the studio-home of artist Sydney Yard located on Lincoln near Seventh.  Morgan was instrumental in organizing William Merritt Chase’s summer classes in Carmel in 1914, was director of the Carmel School of Art (1917-1925), and was a founder of the Carmel Art Association in 1927.  Facile in a variety of mediums including oil, watercolor, gouache and pastel, Morgan left a great legacy to California art as a teacher, organizer and painter.