Polly Scribner Ames


Ames wa a painter, sculptor and teacher, Scribner Ames was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1908. 

She received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and attended the school at the Art Institute of Chicago and was a scholar at the Chicago School of Sculpture.

In addition to studies in Switzerland and Germany, she also studied under Jose de Creeft and Hans Hofmann in New York City. 

During her art career she held various art instruction positions at schools in New York City and Chicago.

She was a member of the Arts Club of Chicago, The Oriental Institute, Chicago Quadrangle Club, Chicago Archeological Institute and the Renaissance Society.

Ames held many solo exhibitions of her works in the United States and abroad including the Netherlands, West Indies, Paris and in Holland. 

She also exhibited at the Salons of America, Society of Independent Artists and at the Closson Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Later in her career she turned to writing, with much of it based upon her experiences as an artist in Europe.

Ames' Exhibitions:

1939 Bonestell Gallery, NYC

1939 Kalamazoo Art Institute

1943 Puma Gallery, NYC

1943 American British Art Center, NYC

1943 Friends of Greece, NYC

1944 The Creative Arts Gallery, Portraits (Geraldine Page). NYC

1945 Eleanor Smith Gallery, NYC (one woman show)

1946 Crosby Gallery, Washington D.C.

1947 Cultural Center, Netherlands, West Indies

1948 Chequire Hourse, Alexandria VA (one woman show)

1949 Gallery Chardin, Paris (one woman show)

1950 Cercle Universite, Aix-en-Provence

1950 Esher-Surrey Gallery, The Hague, Holland

1950 Carroll Knight Gallery, MO

1955 Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

1957 1020 Art Center, Chicago (one woman show)

1958 Arts Club Show, Chicago

1958 Cromer & Quint Gallery, Chicago

1959 Arit Institute Grooup Exhibit @ Art Rental & Sales Gallery, Chicago

1960 Chicago City Bank

1960 Renaissance Society @ University of Chicago, contemporary portraits

1961 Arts Club, Professional Members Exhibition, Chicago

1961 Bresler Galleries, Milwaukee (one woman show)

1961 Illinois State Museum

1961 Closson’s Art Gallery, Cincinnati

1962 Chicago Public Library

1963 Chicago Society of Artists Exhibit at McCormick Place

1964 Religious Art Exhibit @ Baptist Graduate Student Center, Chicago

1967 Import Fair, Lincoln Square, NYC