The Stone City Art Colony and School 1932-1933
Jane Russell Azzi
 

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Jane Russell Azzi (1909-1995) - student

Raised in Davenport, Jane Russell attended the city’s high school, graduating in 1928. Her parents, Albert and Elizabeth, were active in Davenport social circles; Albert served as president of the local Rotary club in 1923-24. Jane’s art interests began at a young age, and by her late teens, she was determined to be a professional artist.

By 1930, Russell was enrolled at the National Academy of Art in Chicago, working as an advanced student in painting and design. While a student, she exhibited at the Krochs Galleries (March 1930). She participated in both summer sessions of the Stone City art colony; few details of her life after 1935 exist. Russell married and moved to Boulder, Colorado, where she retired in the 1980s. Her last known residence is Grand Blanc, Michigan; it is presumed she died there in December 1995.


 

Jane Russell Azzi - Photo provided by Richardson-Sloane Special Collections, Davenport Public Library and used with the permission of the Davenport Community School District.

1928 Davenport High School BlackHawk yearbook photo.

Photo courtesy of Richardson-Sloane Special Collections, Davenport Public Library and used with the permission of the Davenport Community School District.

   

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