Featured in the exhibition Texas Women Artists: Selections from Bywaters Special Collections, on the 2nd floor of Hamon Arts Library.
Evaline Clarke Sellors was born in Fort Worth, Texas on August 30, 1903. She began taking art classes at age eight with Christina MacLean, artist and former instructor at Fort Worth University, and later enrolled in the prep school for girls at Texas Women’s College Academy (now Texas Wesleyan College) where she studied with Samuel Ziegler, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. When she was only 17, her work, Still Life, was accepted into the exhibition The Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by Texas Artists at the Fort Work Museum of Art (now the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth). Sellors continued her studies at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University from 1921 to 1923. There she first enrolled in an illustration class but changed to a modeling class taught by Victor Holm. Her work was exhibited at the St. Louis Museum of Fine Arts in 1921 (most likely the exhibition Work by Students of the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, March, 1921). She later enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where she twice won the William Emlen Cresson scholarship (1929 and 1930) to study sculpture in Europe. Her professors at the academy included the sculptors Charles Allan Grafly, Jr. and Albert Laessle. For several years Sellors exhibited her sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – 1928 (Bobby), 1929 (Head), 1931 (Mountain Goat), and 1932 (William).