Alice Edith Rumph
Before women could vote in Birmingham, a small group of artists used their
art to make a mark of lasting significance on their community and the
world. Painters, sculptors, illustrators, and teachers, these women
created an environment that nurtured the arts in their rough and tumble
steel city and shaped the beginnings of the arts in Birmingham.
In a time when men worked in factories, mines or offices and wives
stayed home to raise children and run the house, these artists broke the
mold and set off for Europe, New York, and the art colonies of the world
to explore, study, and create. It was a bold stroke.
Back home they drew on their talent and enthusiasm to form art studios,
clubs, and associations that would lead to the establishment of an art
museum that is today the largest municipal art museum in the southeast.