Frances Marian Hebert Biography

Frances Marian Hebert




Frances Marian Hebert, painter, printmaker, educator, designer and craftsman, was born in Spencer, Iowa on June 5, 1899. Her formal studies began at the University of Montana where she earned her B.A. in physics and mathematics. Hebert moved west due to tuberculosis and settled in Santa Barbara in 1923. She continued studies at University of California, State Teachers College, and at the Santa Barbara School of the Arts where she was a student of Frank Morley Fletcher, Edward Borein, and Belmore Browne. Further studies included etching with Mauricio Lasansky, watercolor with Eliot O’Hara, and white-line (one-block) color woodcut with Cora Boone of Oakland. She was an art teacher at the Evening High School in Santa Barbara and worked under the California WPA in the late 1930s producing a body of aquatints.

Hebert was a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association, Laguna Beach Art Association, the California Society of Etchers, and the Society of American Etchers and she exhibited with these groups. Her work was also included in the International Print Makers exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1935, as well as the International Exhibition of Etching and Engraving in 1937 and 1938, the 1937 Exposition International des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris, the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, and the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

In 1946 Hebert relocated to Texas having accepted the position of Head of the Art Department at Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton. She remained at Hardin-Baylor until 1957 when her health forced her to resign. Quite facile with aquatint and white-line woodcut, Hebert produced a limited body of exquisite floral imagery in both mediums. Her graphic work is represented in the Mills College Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Library of Congress.

Frances Marian Hebert left Texas for the mild climate Santa Barbara, California where she died on July 15, 1960.