Wilhelmina Schutz Pulsifer Biography

Wilhelmina Schutz Pulsifer




Wilhemina (Mina) Schutz Pulsifer was born on August 3, 1897 Leavenworth, Kansas. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Leavenworth and continued with art studies at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1924 she married George Pulsifer, a West Point graduate and retired Major in the U.S. Army, the couple moved to San Diego about 1924. In order to continue her art training, she enrolled at the San Diego Academy of Fine Arts and San Diego Academy of Fine Arts where she studied with Eugene De Vol and Otto H. Schneider. Later, she took independent instruction from painters Nicolai Fechin and Frederick Taubes.

As an active member of the San Diego Art Guild, Mina received several important awards at the group's exhibitions. Best-known as a portrait painter she exhibited her Tonio at the California Pacific International Exposition in San Diego in 1935. After the fair, she moved into a studio in the Spanish Village where she also served on the board of directors. In addition, she served on the board of the San Diego Art Guild, which included a term as president in 1944. Among her important portrait commissions were State Senator Ben Hulse and Vice Admiral Charles A. Pownall, former Governor of Guam.

In the 1940s, Mina turned her attention to printmaking, particularly lithography, and began to receive recognition in that field. The Associated American Artists of New York published three of her lithographs, giving her work wide exposure. Lithographs were also included in two European traveling shows organized by the Boston Public Library.

Pulsifer was actively involved in the San Diego Art Guild and served on its board of directors. In the 1940s she became involved in printmaking and had three of her prints published by Associated American Artists. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library, Bibliotheque Nationale and National Bezalel Museum.

Mina Pulsifer died on February 14, 1989 in Fallbrook, San Diego, California.

Biography from the Annex Galleries archives and the San Diego History Center: http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/86summer/pulsifer.htm