Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Hilda Shapiro Thorpe (1919–2000) was a versatile and prolific artist who worked in a diversity of media, including oil, homemade paper pulp, painted canvas strips, gauze, sheetmetal, clay, and balsa wood, among many other materials. She was a lifelong teacher and advocate for emerging local artists, hosting weekly drawing classes in her studio, leading sketchbook/journaling trips abroad, and teaching at various institutions in the Washington, D.C. area, including American University where she taught sculpture for ten years.
Thorpe exhibited actively and frequently alongside contemporaries affiliated with the Washington Color School, such as with Alma Thomas at Watkins Gallery in 1959 and with Gene Davis at Jefferson Place Gallery in 1961.
Her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian Institution, and numerous private collections.
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