Alice Edith Rumph
Before women could vote in Birmingham, a
small group of artists used their art to make a mark of lasting
significance on their community and the world. Painters, sculptors,
illustrators, and teachers, these women created an environment that
nurtured the arts in their rough and tumble steel city and shaped the
beginnings of the arts in Birmingham.
In a time when men worked in
factories, mines or offices and wives stayed home to raise children and
run the house, these artists broke the mold and set off for Europe, New
York, and the art colonies of the world to explore, study, and create. It
was a bold stroke.
Back home they drew on their talent
and enthusiasm to form art studios, clubs, and associations that would
lead to the establishment of an art museum that is today the largest
municipal art museum in the southeast.