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Julia E. Hoffman

American, 1856-1934


Gunnison 1856




Portland 1934

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Northwest artist

Oregon artist


In addition to painting, Julia Hoffman worked in ceramic, metal, photography, and sculpture. She lived in Portland throughout her adult life. Hoffman founded the Arts and Crafts Society in 1907 (later the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts). In 1902 she became the first lifetime member of the Portland Art Association, forerunner of the Portland Art Museum. Hoffman helped found the Museum Art School and underwrote the salary of the first instructor of design. She studied with Frank DuMond, who gave classes in the attic of Hoffman's home. Her daughter, Marjorie Hoffman Smith, supervised the production of decorative arts for the WPA project at Timberline Lodge. Hoffman died as a result of injuries suffered in an auto accident.

Artist biography reproduced with permission from the authors, Oregon Painters: the First Hundred Years (1859-1959), Ginny Allen and Jody Klevit.



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Student of: Frank Vincent DuMond (American, 1865-1951)

Mother of: Margery Hoffman Smith (American, 1888-1981)

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