Margaret Stites (Bonnie I)

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Catalog

Accession no: 2005.2.4 Type of work: drawing on paper

Permanent Collection

Artist/creator: Margaret Adele Stites
Variant forms of names: Margaret Stites
Born: November 8, 1910 Died: October 2, 2003
Title of work: Bonny I
Artist biography: Margaret Adele Stites was born in San Angelo, TX in 1910. Stites’ interest in art was evident from ayoung age and after graduating high school in 1928, the promising artist went on to complete herstudies at the University of Texas in Austin. While attending the university, Stites was accepted tostudy under teacher and mentor Charles Umlauf, whose influence is evident in her subsequent work.After receiving her Bachelor of Art in 1944, Stites moved back to her hometown of San Angelo,where she launched a new art program at San Angelo College, later named Angelo State University.Stites taught life-drawing and basic design classes at San Angelo College, eventually promoted to theHead of the Art department. In 1952, the artist left San Angelo to continue her education, studyingsculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago and then at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills,Michigan, receiving her Master of Fine Art in sculpture and ceramics in 1954. Following another 2-year tenure at San Angelo College, Stites took a teaching position at Ohio State University, where shestayed until 1958, leaving to study in the Mediterranean and Europe after receiving the Louis K. Tiffany Grant in sculptureStites returned from her sojourn abroad deeply moved by the works she saw in places such as theSistine Chapel and the Louvre. The artist’s inspiration for her colors, lines, and shapes are derivedfrom both her experiences away and her childhood memories of her uncle’s ranch in Texas. From1968-1969, Stites taught at Huston Tillotson College in Austin, TX while working on additionalgraduate work in painting at the University of Texas.Coming full circle, Stites returned to San Angelo to take care of her agingparents. After their deaths, she stayed, living in her childhood home andcontinuing to produce artwork. Stites’ first exhibition of her extensivebody of work was not until September of 2003 at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. The 92-year-old artist passed away one month later on October 2, 2003.

Date of item: 1960
Signed: Pencil signature along left edge, “Margaret Stites 1960”
Dimensions: 16 3/8”x 13 5/8” (40.64 x 35.66 cm)
Description: Outline drawing in charcoal of a woman’s head and shoulders, ¾ view.
Material: paper
Medium: Painting
Country of origin: U.S.
Condition: Overall good condition; dirty, needs cleaning
Conservation future: Needs cleaning.

Provenance: Donated by Claude Stites, Executor of the estate of Margaret Stites as a gift from the family of Margaret Stites, August 27, 2004.
Donor information: Claude Stites
History of object: Donated by Claude Stites to SAMFA August 27, 2004. Accepted by SAMFA May 19, 2005
Credit line: Gift of the Family of Margaret Stites

Cataloger name: Karen Zimmerly
Date: August 2, 2005
Sources used: Museum file