Elizabeth Quandt Biography

Elizabeth Quandt




Elizabeth Quandt, painter, printmaker, and teacher, was born Elizabeth Gunn in Oxfordshire, England on July 13, 1922. Her father, Sir Herbert James Gunn, was a portrait painter to the Queen of England. Elizabeth studied at Queen Anne’s School in Reading, England. During the Second World War she met and married American William Mailliard and they moved to San Francisco, California where she enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1942.

After their marriage failed, Elizabeth met the photographer William (Bill) Quandt, who was an assistant for Ansel Adams, and they soon married. Bill Quandt ran a successful stereo business in Santa Rosa, California and Elizabeth attended the Santa Rosa Junior College. She commuted to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco Art Institute, eventually earning her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees.

Elizabeth Quandt joined the art department of the Santa Rosa Junior College in 1971 where she was an instructor of printmaking and drawing for fourteen years. Passionate about her work, she created a body of drawings, etchings, watercolors, and livres d’artistes. Between the years 1952 and 1954, she served as President of the San Francisco Women Artists and she was awarded three Djerassi Foundation Fellowships (1984, 1985, and 1986).

Her work was first included in an exhibition at the Library of Congress in 1944 and over the years Quandt exhibited with the San Francisco Art Association, Philadelphia Print Club, San Francisco Women Artists, California Society of Printmakers, National Academy of Design, Los Angeles Printmakers, and the Boston Printmakers. She had a solo exhibition in 1975 at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in San Francisco. Her work is represented in the collections of the Library of Congress, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, New York Public Library, Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, and the Santa Rosa Junior College Libraries Doyle Collection.

Elizabeth Quandt died in Santa Rosa in December 1994.