Enid Yandell: Enid Yandell was a pioneer in the male-dominated field of sculpting during the 1890's and early 1900's. Yandell was born October 6, 1871, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of a prominent surgeon, and she attended Hampton College in Virginia, where she received an A.B. degree in 1887. She continued her education at the Cincinnati Art Academy, graduated in 1888, and journeyed to Europe to study the sculpture of the great masters. She later made a second trip to Europe and studied with MacMonnies and Rodin for four years.
Yandell first gained national recognition for her work on the Women'sBuilding of the Columbian Exposition at the Chicago World's Fair in 1892. Her works include a nine-foot tall statue of Daniel Boone, commissioned by the Filson Club, which has stood in Louisville's Cherokee Park since 1906, and a 40-foot replica of the Louvre’s Athena, which she completed for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897.
In later life Yandell devoted time to both art and improving people’s lives. She organized the Branstock School of Art in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in 1907. During World War I, she became active in the campaign to aid war orphans. She served as chair of the Women's Committee for the Council of National Defense and as Director of the Bureau of Communications for the American Red Cross in New York. Yandell died June 13, 1934.
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