Member of the 45 Group.
Veteran of the Baltimore and New York art scenes, Elinor Graham, along with her future husband John Graham (married in 1924), studied at the Art Students League, taking classes with John Sloan, William von Schlegell, and Allen Tucker. Among their fellow students were Dorothy Dehner and David Smith, Adolph Gottlieb, and Alexander Calder.
She was a member of the ‘45 Group and was elected as an advisor to the AAN Board in 1946.
Elinor Gibson Graham was born from the wealthy Baltimore family of renowned organist and composer Archer Gibson. She married the artist John Graham and was influential in introducing him to the Cone sisters who were well known collectors of contemporary art. They were the artist’s earliest patrons. In the 1930’s, Elinor was a member of “The Artists Color Proof Associates,” situated in New York. At this location she experimented with color lithography and exhibited her works in the mid-1930’s at the Charles L. Morgan Galleries with other members of the group.
Graham’s portrait of Elinor is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.