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Edith Mae BrisacEdith Mae Brisac was born in Walton, NY in 1894. She graduated from the Pratt Institute Fine Arts School before studying at Columbia University where she received BS and MA degrees in fine arts. She also studied at Ecole Americaines des Beaux Arts, Fontainbleau, France; Mills College, Oakland, CA; Art Center School, Los Angeles; University of California at Berkeley; and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Before joining the faculty at TSCW in 1934, she taught four years at Alabama College. On leave of absence from TSCW, she taught a year at the University of California at Berkeley from 1941-1942.

Honors included recognition as one of the top eight students in her graduating class at Columbia University in 1926. She received two medals in 1941-1942 on architectural work at the University of California at Berkeley. She also received many awards at the West Texas Annual Exhibitions in Ft. Worth from 1939 to 1947 in oils, watercolor, and prints. These included a purchase award for a print from the Dallas Museum of Fine Art in 1941, which had also been exhibited in an invitational exhibition in the Carnegie Institute. In 1944, she won first place in weaving for a rug which was purchased by the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She exhibited work in an invitational watercolor show at the Brooklyn Museum in 1939 and exhibited prints nationally in locations such as Laguna Beach, CA; Buffalo, NY; Omaha, NE; and many years at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

At TSCW, she specialized in Interior Decoration and was instrumental in the planning of the interior of the Fine Arts Building at what is now TWU. She was one of five instructors at TSCW who had works accepted for the Texas Centennial Exhibition.

Ms. Brisac left TSCW after twenty-four years to accept a position as assistant to the director of the art center of LaJolla, CA in 1959. She died in La Jolla in 1974.

Landscape (Mexican Street Scene)
Landscape (Mexican Street Scene), n.d.
Courtesy of Jack and Gail Davis

In the Mirror
In the Mirror, 1940
Courtesy of Texas Woman's University

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