Florence Ware

Beginning in 1923, Florence Ellen Ware was an art instructor through the University of Utah’s Adult Extension Division, as well as a private art instructor.  Ware received her formal art education at the University of Utah and the Art Institute of Chicago.  Prior to 1930, she also studied with artists Charles Webster Hawthorne (1872-1930) at the Cape Cod School of Art and Anna Hills (1882-1930) in Laguna Beach, California.

Fellow Utah artist, George Dibble wrote about Ware’s style as dealing “with a pleasant, well-schooled sort of beauty that delights the eye with a consistently ordered and highly controlled palette.  The lighting on her landscapes is gentle and friendly to the forms on which it falls.”(1)  Indeed, the very best examples of Florence Ware’s works are the many landscapes she completed which focus on the intimate qualities of nature.  These compositions often contained the native Utah aspen trees and mountains.  Based on her frequent portrayal of these subjects, Ware was acclaimed as the “Aspen School” artist.(2) 

Though her most expressive works were her landscapes, Ware’s most famous works are the murals located in Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City.  The murals were completed as a WPA directed project in the 1930s.  Florence Ware's work is found in museums and private collections and is represented in fine art galleries in Utah and California.

1 Dibble, George. “Florence Ware Exhibit is Disciplined Beauty”, The Salt Lake Tribune: Sunday, October 30, 1966.
2 Dibble, George, “One Painter Finds Brush to be Vital”, The Salt Lake Tribune: Sunday, June 27, 1971.