Josephine Kopenhaver Biography

Josephine Kopenhaver




Painter and printmaker Josephine Kopenhaver was born Josephine Young in Seattle, Washington, on June 9, 1908. In the early 1920s she moved to Los Angeles, where she received her B.A. degree from UCLA, followed by her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California. She also took courses at Chouinard School, where she was a pupil of Millard Sheets.

In 1931 she wed Ralph Kopenhaver and began exhibiting extensively throughout California, and she gained recognition for her landscapes of Yosemite Valley, Death Valley, and other notable West Coast regions. She taught art for many years at Los Angeles City College and was secretary of the California Watercolor Society and a member of the Audubon Artists. She died in Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 1991.

Exhibitions: San Diego FA Gallery, 1933; Allied Arts, LACMA, 1936; LA County Fair, 1938; Calif. WC Society, 1938-53; Golden Gate International Exhibition, 1939; American Artists Congress (LA), 1940; Audubon Artists, 1945, 1947-48; Oakland Art Gallery , Santa Cruz Art League, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Pasadena Art Institute; Seatlle Museum of Art; Los Angeles City College; among others. Awards: Women Painters of the West, 1940.

Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1940-62; Who's Who in California 1942; Women Artists of the American West.