Trude Hanscom Biography

Trude Hanscom




Gertrude (Trude) Hanscom, painter, printmaker and teacher, was born Gertrude Fandrich on December 6, 1890, in Oil City, Pennsylvania but she grew up in Waterloo, New York. As a young woman she worked for many years as a stenographer in Geneva, New York but eventually studied art at Syracuse University and Kline's School of Graphic Arts at the Syracuse Museum of Fine Art.

After her marriage to Charles Hanscom, she relocated to Southern California about 1930. She lived in various cities within a short radius of Los Angeles and continued her art education at the University of California in Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Scripps College in Claremont, and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. She worked as an art instructor in public schools of Alhambra, Glendale, and San Gabriel, and she also had private students.

Hanscom was a member of and exhibited with the California Art Club, California Printmakers, Society of American Graphic Artists, Glendale Art Association, Pasadena Society of Arts, and Women Painters of the West. Her work was included in the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. In 1965, she received an Honorary Life Membership in the Society of American Graphic Artists. Her work is represented in the collections of the Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Academy of Design, Pennsylvania State University, and the California State Library in Sacramento.

Trude Hanscom settled in Santa Barbara, California and eventually died there on 7 June 1975.