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Digital Collections From St Kate's

Clara Gardner Mairs

Black and white photograph of Clara Gardner Mairs (1930)

Clara Gardner Mairs, a Minnesota artist born in Hastings, MN in 1878 and a resident of St. Paul, MN at the time of her death in 1963, studied art at the Saint Paul Institute. She also studied abroad in Paris and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. While in Paris, she studied at the Academie Julian, the Academie Colarossi with E. A. Bourdelle, and at the Academie Montparnasse with Andre Lhote. Mairs, best known for her etchings, created an extensive body of work including prints, paintings, ceramics, and textiles. Her work routinely depicts women, children, animals, circus performers, and stories from the Old Testament, frequently with a hint of humor or satire. Mairs, an award winning print artist, has been exhibited in the United States and in Europe. (Work Cited-Clara: Etchings by Clara Mairs. St. Paul: Minnesota Museum of Art, 1976.)

While Mairs's work often focuses on women, children, animals, etc. the below images attempt to depict an element of her artwork that is less represented. More specifically, the below gallery is intended to serve as a form of appreciation for Mairs's pieces that reflect a more natural or floral theme. 


The digital images in this exhibit may not be reproduced for any reason without the written consent of St. Catherine University. Artwork available for faculty/staff use. If interested in reusing the images, please contact the Catherine G. Murphy Art Gallery Director, Nicole M. Watson at 651-690-6637 or

Clara Gardner Mairs