Jessie Mary Beckman

Jessie Mary Beckman
When we talk about artists from Hardin County, our minds mostly go to Fred Machetanz and his beautiful depictions of the Alaskan wilderness or his Ohio State University football programs. Hardin County was the home to another artist however, that is just as talented if not as well known.
Jessie Mary Beckman was born on August 19, 1856 in Upper Sandusky, OH. Beckman would study art with Henri and Chase in New York City and at Academie Colagrossi in Paris, France. In 1896, she won the prize for “best figure piece in oil, professional” at the Ohio State Fair. She would go on to exhibit a watercolor flower piece at the Art Institute in Chicago in 1910. Beckman would live in Kenton until 1921, after which she moved to southern California and had homes in Laguna Beach and Los Angeles. While in Laguna Beach, she would become part of a group of artists known as the Laguna Beach Art Colony. Beckman would use the beautiful scenery of this part of California to work in the impressionist style. Beckman was known for her portraits, still life and landscape paintings. While in California, her art would be featured exhibitions such as the Hollyhock House Opening Exhibition in 1927 and in California Art Exhibit in 1928 to name a few. Beckman died on October 28, 1929 having never married. The museum currently has two of her works in our collections.
Beckman is just one example of the amazing talent that has come out of Hardin County. Do you know of an artist or musician from Hardin County that you’d like to share information about? We would love to hear from you. You can email any information you have to Sheena at sheena@hardinmuseums.org or stop by the museum. We love learning new things!