Dorothy Sklar Biography

Dorothy Sklar





Dorothy Sklar, painter, printmaker, and teacher, was born in New York City on 25 April 1906 to Russian immigrants, Nathan and Anna Sklar. Her family moved to California where she raised since the age of four in Los Angeles.

She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1927 where she was a member of the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi. She majored in education and worked as a teacher in Santa Monica.  She later studied at the Chouinard Art Institute with Millard Sheets and Dong Kingman, and with Stanton MacDonald-Wright.

Sklar was a member of and exhibited with the California Art Club; the California Water Color Society; the Arthur Wesley Dow Association at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Laguna Beach Art Association, the National Association of Women Artists; the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic; the New Orleans Art Association; the Westwood Art Association, and the Women Painters of the West. Her work is represented in the Farhat Cultural Center, the Hilbert Museum of California Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Dorothy Sklar died in Los Angeles, California on 15 March 1996.



To read biographies on other California women artists, see the four-volume series of books, Emerging From The Shadows: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1940, Maurine St. Gaudens.