Margaret Scruggs


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MARGARET ANN SCRUGGS-CARUTH (Am. 1892-1988)


Margaret Ann Scruggs-Carruth was an etcher, teacher, illustrator, writer, lecturer, craftsperson, block printer, designer, and drawing specialist.

She was born in Dallas, Texas on February 18, 1892, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gross R. Scruggs. She was a direct descendent of Mary Todd Lincoln, and her maternal great-uncle, Sam Woodson Price, was a noted portrait painter in Kentucky. Her paternal great-aunt, Anna Dial Hearne, was a portrait painter and widely known for her flower pictures. In 1929, her Dallas address was 3715 Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Scruggs-Carruth was a teacher at Southern Methodist University and there served as Assistant Editor and Illustrator for Genealogical Research Publications.

She worked primarily in Dallas and summered in Indian River, Michigan, She also did tours to produce work in Chautauqua, New York; Washington DC; the Holy Land, and Europe, where she made 79 sketches of baronial castles.

She studied at Bryn Mawr College and Kirk's School of Philadelphia, graduating from both. She also studied with Texas artist Frank Reaugh for six years as well as Ralph Pearson and L. O. Griffith.

Memberships included: Texas Fine Arts Association, Dallas Art Association, Southern States Art League, American Federation of Arts, American Artists Professional League, Society of Medalists, Southern Print Makers, Dallas Printmakers Society, Prairie Printmakers, California Printmakers, Highland Park Arts Association, Woodcut Society, National League American Penwomen, Texas League of American Penwomen, Reaugh Art Club, Chairman of Art Department of Dallas Woman's Club, charter member of the Highland Park Society of Arts, Trustee of the Dallas Art Institute, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Texas Fine Arts Association.

Source: Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists by John and Deborah Powers

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