Helen Sawyer (1898-1999), began spending winters in Sarasota during the late 1930's with her husband Jerry Farnsworth. Both were already established as award winning artists and teachers in Cape Cod. During a period of more than fifty years while living in Sarasota, Sawyer continued to show in major exhibits and won awards with paintings hanging in many collections throughout the US including the Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Syracuse Univ. in NY, Library of Congress. She also exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the 1933 and 1939 World's Fair, the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC and the Ringling Museum of Art. Many people considered Helen to be the "Heart" of Sarasota arts community.
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PUBLIC COLLECTIONSWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
High Museum of Art, Altanta, GA
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
John H. Vanderpoel Memorial Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY
Schenectady Museum & Planetarium, Schenectady, NY
Syracruse University Art Collection, Syracuse, NY
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
Amherst College Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA
Archives of American Art, Washington, DC
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
International Business Machines, New York, NY
National City Bank, New York, NY
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company
EducationHelen Sawyer was born in Washington DC, attended the Master's School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where her artistic talents were immediately noted. She spent several years with her family in Spain.
Upon her return she went to Charles W. Hawthorne's school in Cape Cod. She later took courses at the Art Students League and the National Academy School in New York City and Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown, MA.
Her father was renowned portrait painter Wells M. Sawyer.