Elizabeth Norton Biography

Elizabeth Norton




Elizabeth Norton was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 16, 1887 and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1910, the Art Students' League and the National Academy of Design and the Chase School in New York.  She traveled to California in 1915 to see the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, returning in 1919 to make the San Francisco Bay Area her home.

Her ouvre includes work in bronze, animals and portrait busts, watercolor and oil painting. She is best known for her printmaking, which included color woodcut, etching and lithography. She was instrumental in the founding of the Palo Alto Arts Club in 1921 and began printmaking the following year.  She was a full member of the California Society of Etchers, California Printmakers, Prairie Printmakers, the Woodcut Society, the Federation of American Arts and the San Francisco Society of Women Printmakers. She exhibited extensively with the organizations and in commercial galleries including the Macbeth and Courvoisier galleries.


Norton's work is represented in the collections of the New York Public Library, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Achenbach Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and many more.


Elizabeth Norton died in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California on August 6, 1985.