Polly Thayer (Starr) Search

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Permanent  Collections include:

   Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

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

   Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA    

   New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

   Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

   Mystic Museum, Mystic, CT

   Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA

   Brigham Young University Museum of Fine Arts, Provo, UT

   Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

   Addison Gallery, Andover, MA

   Williams College, Williamstown, MA

   Brown University, Providence, RI

   Langdell Library, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

   Eliot House, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

   DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA

   Westbrook College, Portland, ME

   Sweetbriar College, Sweetbriar, VA

   Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA

   Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

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

Solo Exhibitions:  


   Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA, 2017 (Retrospective)

   Vose Contemporary (Vose Galleries of Boston), 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

   St. Botolph Club, Boston, 2003

   Dolphin Gallery, Hingham, MA 2002    

   Friends Meeting Center, Cambridge  1995 and 1996

   Latrelle Brewster, Locust Grove, Georgia, 1994

   Copley Society, Boston  1981, 1994 and 1996

   Boston Public Library, 1969

   Pietrantonio Galleries, New York  1964

   Childs Gallery, Boston  1963

   Sessler Gallery, Philadelphia  1956

   Robert Vose Galleries, Boston  1950

   Contemporary Arts, New York  1941

   Grace Horne Galleries, Boston  1938

   Philadelphia Art Alliance  1936

   Guild of Boston Artists, Boston  1932   

   Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York  1932

   Doll and Richards Gallery, Boston  1931 and 1935

Selected Group Exhibitions:

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

   Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

   National Academy of Design, New York, NY

   National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, New York

   Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Hartford, CT

   Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA

   Copley Society, Boston, MA

   Boston Art Club

  Boston Institute of Modern Art

   Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

   Denver Art Museum, Denver CO

   Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Norfolk, VA

   Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

   Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, CT

Selected Bibliography

Archives of American Art (Robert F. Brown and Polly Thayer Starr).  Oral history interview 1995 May 12 - 1996 Feb. 1, Smithsonian Institution.

Beane, Lise. "Peak Experiences.”  Cambridge Current Cambridge, MA, April 21, 1995

Burgard, Timothy Anglin. "Polly Thayer and May Sarton: Portrait of the Artists as Young Women."  Harvard University Art Museums Review 1994.

Carsten, Robert K. “Polly Thayer Starr.” Pastel Journal  October 2005:28-35.

Gerdts, William H. and Nancy Hall-Duncan. “The Great American Nude" American Art Review August 2002:160-65.

Grob, Mollie C. “Reflections: One’s Life Work; Polly Thayer Starr’s Conversation with Mollie C. Grob."  Brookhaven Voice Lexington, MA: March, 2001        .

Hirshler, Erica. A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940. Boston: MFA Publications, 2001.

Lightman, Jean G., Paul Ingbretson & Ellen E. Roberts.  “A Woman’s Perspective at the Guild of Boston Artists.  American Art Review  October 2001: XIII, 5, 118-127.

Middleton, Faith and Douglas Hyland. “The New Britain Museum Of American Art” (radio interview), The Faith Middleton Show, December 16, 2010.

Montminy, Judith.  "Reflections on a Life at the Easel" Boston Globe March 12, 1995

O’Shaughnessy, Tracey. “New Britain museum lets them be the practitioners” Republican-American  January 12, 2011.

Prychodko, Nicholas. “Getting to the Essence: The Life and Art of Polly Thayer” The Social Register Observer 2007

Russo, Valerie “Polly Thayer’s Century of Art” Patriot Ledger Quincy MA July 21, 2001

Smee, Sebastian. “Finding the wit in ‘Shopping for Furs.’”  Boston Globe June 22,    2010

Temin, Christine, “Portrait in Determination." Boston Sunday Globe August 19, 2001

Poetry of Hand and Spirit: Paintings and Drawings by Polly Thayer (Starr). Boston: Vose Galleries, 2001; with illustrations, and biographical essay, "Poetry of Hand and Spirit," by Dorothy Koval.

Vose Family. "Polly Thayer (Starr): An Appreciation." The Best of Art Notes, In Celebration of our 165th Year Boston: Vose Galleries, 2006; see also Marcia L. Vose,    “Carving Out a Professional Life: The Stories of Three Generations of Women Artists" in the same volume.

Vose Galleries. Centennial Exhibition: Polly Thayer Starr, A Celebration of the Artist’s 100th Birthday.  Boston: Vose Galleries, 2004; with illustrations, and essay,    “Liberating the Bridge,” by Dorothy Koval


Collins, Jim and Glenn B. Opitz (eds.).  Women Artists in America: 18th Century to the Present (1790-1980), Poughkeepsie, NY: Apollo, 1980.

Fairbrother, Trevor J. The Bostonians: Painters of an Elegant Age, 1870-1930. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1986.

Falk, Peter (ed.).  Who Was Who in American Art.  Sound View Press, 1999.

Jarzombek, Nancy Allyn.  Mary Bradish Titcomb and her Contemporaries: The Artists of Fenway Studios.  Boston: Vose Galleries of Boston, 1998

McGlauflin, Alice Coe (ed.). Dictionary of American Artists 19th and 20th Century.  NY: American Art Annual vol. 26, 1929.  Poughkeepsie, NY: Apollo, 1982.

New Britain Museum of American Art, Catalogue of the Collection.  New Britain, CT: The New Britain Museum of American Art, 1975.

Opitz, Glenn B. (Ed). Mantle Fieldings Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers. Poughkeepsie, NY : Apollo,1984.

Troyen, Carol et al., American Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1997.

Who’s Who in American Art, 1936-38, 1940-47, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1962

Who’s Who of American Women, 1958-59 (1st edition), 1961-1962 (2nd edition)