Exhibits and Collections

Polly Thayer Starr’s work was widely exhibited during her lifetime in museums, galleries, and community settings. The Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust regularly lends artwork for exhibition and partners with select cultural institutions to curate exhibitions of her work. Please visit this page often to find out where to view Polly Thayer Starr’s work.

Moonshell, 1939. Pastel on paper. Private Collection.
New Exhibit. September 8, 2020 - March 8, 2021. Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the Essence. Fruitlands Museum. Harvard, MA. This exhibit features Polly Thayer Starr’s paintings of nature and portraits, and many studies and sketchbooks that reveal this artist’s search for beauty and truth. More Information
Flowering Dogwood. Oil on board. Photo: George Bouret
New Exhibit. Ocotober 8, 2020 - March 14, 2021. Polly Thayer Starr’s Burning Bush. deCordova Museum. Lincoln, Ma. Part of the Transcendental Modernism exhibit. Drawn primarily from the deCordova’s permanent collection, the exhibit focuses on artistic developments in Massachusetts from the 1940s through the 1990s. More Information
Burning Bush, 1974. Graphic. deCordova Museum.

Recent Exhibitions

“Women Take The Floor,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. September 2019-May 2021

Solo Retrospective, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA. 2017

The B.M. Theocharkis Foundation for the Visual Arts and Music. Athens, Greece

Still Life from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Tradition and Innovation, 2013

Past Exhibitions

Vose Galleries of Boston, MA 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA 2003

Dolphin Gallery, Hingham, MA 2002

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA “A Studio of Her Own” 2001

Friends Meeting Center, Cambridge, MA 1995, 1996

Latrelle Brewster, Locust Grove, GA 1994

Copley Society, Boston, MA 1981, 1994, 1996

Boston Public Library, Boston, MA 1969

Pietrantonio Galleries, New York, NY 1964

Childs Gallery, Boston, MA 1963

Sessler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1956

Robert Vose Galleries, Boston, MA 1950

Contemporary Arts, New York, NY 1941

Grace Horne Galleries, Boston, MA 1938

Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA 1936

Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA 1932

Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, NY 1932

Doll and Richards Gallery, Boston, MA 1931, 1935

Selected Group Exhibitions

Boston Art Club, Boston, MA

Boston Institute of Modern Art, Boston, MA (now the Institute of Contemporary Art)

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, CT

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Hartford, CT

Copley Society, Boston, MA

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

National Academy of Design, New York, NY

National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, New York, NY

Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Norfolk, VA

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA

Permanent Collections

Addison Gallery, Andover, MA

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Washington, DC

Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA

Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Brigham Young University Museum of Fine Arts, Provo, UT

Brown University, Providence, RI

DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

Eliot House, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Langdell Library, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Mystic Museum, Mystic, CT

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Lambert Collection, Philadelphia, PA

Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA

Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

Sweetbriar College, Sweetbriar, VA

Westbrook College, Portland, ME

Williams College, Williamstown, MA

“It is such a consuming business, the internal development of what you want to say, that it takes…absorbs everything you’ve got.”

~ Polly Thayer Starr

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