Ethel Hutcheson Schlamp, Miami. Oil on canvas, 26 by 36 inches. Signed lower left Ethel Hutcheson Schlamp 1954, on back Ethel Schlamp, Miami, Fla. 1954.
A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Ethel Schlamp was an instructor in art at Evansville College in Evansville, Indiana, before she and her husband, artist Philip Schlamp, moved to Miami in 1925.
A flower and still life painter who worked in watercolor and tempera, in 1929 Schlamp was chairman of the art committee of the Miami Woman’s Club, directing the Woman’s Club annual Artists’ and Writers’ Salon. The following year, 1930, she founded the Miami Art League with thirteen members. Schlamp described the league as “a baker’s dozen who banded together to share model expenses.”
When the league incorporated in 1944, with 60 members who, “put heart and soul into the project” hoping to “get an art gallery sooner or later,” they “pledged to establish and maintain an art society and an institution of learning for the mutual help and inspiration of member artists and those visiting in the Miami area.”
In 1948 Schlamp was president of the Florida Federation of Art and the Miami Women’s Club, awarded her the Myrtle Taylor Bradford Gold Medal, presented annually by the Club, to an artist or writer judged to have done outstanding work in his field for the community. Other women recipients were Dewing Woodward and Vivian Yeiser Larrimore.
Schlamp was nine times president of the Miami Art League, her work eventually brought the membership up to over 300. She managed twenty-two major art exhibits in the Miami area, including Miami Boat Shows, Poinciana Festival exhibits, Miami Women’s Club shows and the Coconut Grove Festival of Art.
The Daily Oklahoman (June 15, 1952) in reviewing Schlamp’s one-man exhibit in Oklahoma City said, “She paints flowers in a big, bold manner using her medium freely and very wet. She paints ‘Flower Portraits’ as she finds them growing, only much larger in size…her work big, lush, decorative…a delight to decorators who need a large splash of color….”
In failing health, Schlamp moved to Monticello, Florida in 1962 to be with family. Monticello was a suburb of Tallahassee. It was here that the Miami Herald (September 28, 1963) noted her efforts to see that the State of Florida accept the Ringling Museum of Art as a state museum. She died in Monticello, September 27, 1963.
Born: 1884, Kentucky. Died: September 27, 1963, Monticello, Florida. Education: Art Institute of Chicago. Membership: Miami Art League (founder & president); Florida Federation of Art, president; Sumter (South Carolina) Art League, founder. Exhibits: Kentucky Artists Exhibit at Carnegie Library, Nashville, Tennessee, April 1925; Miami Woman’s Club, 1st Annual Artists’ Salon, February 1929, 2nd Annual, February 1930; Florida Federation of Art, 3rd Annual, 1930, 2nd prize, popular award; Miami Art League, at Miami Beach Public Library, December 1939, award 1st prize in tempera for Frangipani; Miami Art League at Miami Beach Public Library, November 1940, honorable mention, decoration; Miami Woman’s Club fifteenth annual, March 1943, Red Hibiscus; Miami Art League, Miami Associated Artists new gallery, 1822 Biscayne Blvd, April 1943, flower pieces; Florida Federation of Art, 16th Annual, St. Petersburg, December 1943; Miami Woman’s Club, February 1944; Miami Art League, at Marion Terry Gallery, 2100 West Flagler, May 1944, floral paintings; Miami Art League, Burdine’s Department Store, November 1945; Florida Federation of Art, 19th Annual Exhibition, Miami Beach, December 1945, Allamandas, Old Cuban Bottle; Royal Poinciana festival, Miami Bayfront Park, June 1946, Tulip Tree Bloom; Miami Art League, Annual, Miami Beach Art Center, November 1946; Sumter Art Association at Trinity Methodist Educational Building, Sumter, South Carolina, April-May, 1947; Miami Woman’s Club 19th Annual Artists and Writers Breakfast, February 1948, Red Bowl and gold seal for Flowers; Miami Art League, Miami Beach Art Center, November 1948; Miami Art League, Annual, Miami Beach Art Center, November 1949, Sea Grapes; Evanston (Indiana) Public Museum, December 1949, Florida watercolors; Coconut Harvest Festival, sponsored by Miami Art League, Crandon Park, May 7, 1950, Green Coconuts; Miami Art League annual at Miami Beach Art Center, November 1950; Miami Art League, Mayfair Art Theater, Miami, 1950; Peace College, Raleigh, North Carolina, March-April 1951, 25 watercolor and gouache paintings of Florida flowers; Sumter (South Carolina) Garden Clubs, Annual Spring g Flower Show, Aril 1951, flower paintings; Metropolitan Miami Flower Show, Miami Beach Auditorium, art exhibit organized by Myrtle Taylor Bradford, Allee Gerard, Ethel Schlamp, and Phyllis Larimore, March 1952, African Horn; Evansville College, Evansville, Indiana, McCurdy Alumni Union, May 1952, exhibit of Florida watercolors by Miami Art League, including Schlamp’s, Pink Shrimp Gladiolas with China Cats; Oklahoma Art Center at Municipal Auditorium, June 1952, 34 watercolors; Miami Art League, 16th Annual, at Miami Beach Art Center, January 1955, Coconuts; Miami Woman’s Club annual, February-March 1956, blue ribbon; Poinciana Festival, Burdine’s Auditorium, June 1956, honorable mention; Eve Tucker Galleries, Lincoln Road, November 1956, watercolors including, Waterfall, Japanese Tulips and Green Coconuts; The Little Hut Art Gallery, 2317 Biscayne Blvd., October 1957, watercolors; Poinciana Art Festival, Burdine’s Auditorium, June 1958; Poinciana Art Festival, Burdine’s, June 1959, Myrtle Taylor Bradford prize for best flower painting, Magnolia.