Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.
Cecilia Neuheisel Steinfeldt (1915 – 2013), referred to as the ‘First Lady of Texas Art’ for her work as both an artist and a Texas art historian, was born in Montello, Wisconsin and moved to San Antonio with her family in 1923. Her aptitude for drawing and painting developed during childhood and she soon began art classes at the Witte Memorial Museum. In 1932, she graduated from high school and then enrolled in art school in Mexico City where she studied with artist Carlos Mérida. Upon returning to San Antonio, she joined the Witte museum staff in 1936 where she served as an art instructor. She continued to work at the Witte Museum until her retirement at the age of 80. Along with her husband Eric Steinfeld, she traveled throughout Texas and wrote numerous books about its history and artists including The Onderdonks: A Family of Texas Painters (1975), Art for History’s Sake (1993), and S. Seymour Thomas: A Texas Genius Rediscovered (2005).