|Birth: ||Jul. 20, 1900|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 1983|
Minnie Mitchell Baker was a renowned artist and educator who contributed much to the Durant community, the State of Oklahoma, and to the field of American Art.
She was born July 20, 1900 in Ardmore, Oklahoma (Carter County), daughter of Thomas Kelly Baker (1871-1954) and Maud Mitchell Maud Mitchell McCallie (1876-1940). She received her early education there and then received a B.A. degree from Southeastern State in Durant, Oklahoma, and a M.A. degree from Iowa State University. She did additional graduate work at the University of Oklahoma, and also attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. She subsequently studied at the Breckenridge School of printing in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She taught school while in Washington, and later studied at the Instituto de Allende of San Miguel, Allende, Juan, Mexico.
For 31 years, Professor Baker was the Director of the Art Department of Southeastern Oklahoma State College where she taught and influenced hundreds of students, many of whom became renowned in their own right. She was well liked but strict in her methods of teaching. Her students worked from models and were never permitted to do copy work. They sketched and painted from observation of nature or objects in still life arrangements. She was an expert teacher in the field of anatomy and perspective.
In addition to her work as an educator, Miss Baker continued to pursue her own artistic talents. Her huge collection of her personal paintings included portraits of military generals, Oklahoma governors, and congressional representatives that hang in honored places throughout the United States. She is honored in Who's Who in Personalities of the South; Who's Who in American Art; and in International Who's Who in Art and Antiques.
Miss Baker's talents and accomplishments left a lasting legacy of artistic excellence. She retired from her position at Southeastern Oklahoma State College in 1967 and was honored at a banquet attended by many dignitaries and former students. She passed away on February 9, 1983, in Durant, Oklahoma and was buried there in the Highland Cemetery. She shall not soon be forgotten.
Thomas Kelly Baker (1871 - 1954)
Maud Mitchell McCallie Baker (1876 - 1940)
Minnie Mitchell Baker (1900 - 1983)
Elmer LeRoy Baker (1906 - 1973)*
James Charles Baker (1907 - 1907)*
Finis Cortez Baker (1911 - 1977)*
Plot: Drive 4, Section 3, Lot 1114
Maintained by: TimelessSpirits
Originally Created by: James Triplett
Record added: Oct 10, 2009
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