KATHARINE WARD LANE WEEMSAmerican, 1899-1989
Born into a life of privilege in Boston, Katharine Lane Weems became a noted animal sculptor who was drawn to the subject by her appreciation of the grace of animal movement. She created brick doors carved with animals for the entrance of the biology laboratory at Harvard University. Weems had to struggle against the disapproval of her family, and, as a woman, for equality among her male colleagues. She attended the summer studios of Anna Hyatt Huntington and took lessons from Charles Grafly at the Boston Museum School. Huntington and Brenda Putnam, both working in New York, were especially encouraging to her. Prior to her marriage to Carrington Weems in 1947, the artist had exhibited as Katharine Ward Lane.