Jane Hamilton Hovde

“You have unquestionably won a position as one of the leading artists of the Northwest.” Said her mentor Richard Fuller, former President and Director of the Seattle Art Museum.

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Jane Hamilton Hovde, a native of the Puget Sound, was born in 1921 on the “Northwest” tugboat enroute to Anacortes and spent her childhood on Blakely and Whidbey Islands. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington where she studied under Mark Tobey and Ambrose Patterson. In 1948, she studied at the Art Students’ League of New York, working with Hans Hofmann.  She spent 1951-52 in Palo Alto, CA and in 1955-56 spent two years painting and exhibiting in Italy. In 1963-64 she studied for two years with Jack Shadboldt at the Vancouver of School of Art, Canada. In 1970, she spent a year in Athens, Greece and in 1975 studied with Glenn Wessels in California. In 1980 she was awarded a “Resident Artist Fellowship” at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA.

Jane exhibited at Galleria Schneider, Rome, Italy (1956). She had one-woman shows at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) (1957), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1960); a Retrospective (1972) and a one-woman show (2000) at The Whatcom Museum of Art, and at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California (1970). She also exhibited at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She enjoyed consistent representation in invitational and juried exhibitions and was selected for thirteen consecutive years in the Seattle Art Museum Northwest Annuals; she was also included in numerous Northwest and Canadian traveling exhibitions selected from the Northwest Annuals.

She received first prize for oils at the Washington Centennial Show (1953). She received Honorable Mention at the Washington State Fair in 1953 for Man in the Butterfly Chair. She was included in Painters Panorama, A National Selection of Living American Art, sponsored by the American Federation of Arts (1955) and Northwest Painters Today, a national exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution of Washington DC (1958). The work Mountain Top chosen by the Smithsonian was in the 44th Annual Exhibition of Northwest Artists, and was one of 35 requested by the Smithsonian from offers of over 1000 entries. This toured Canada and the United States. The Seattle Art Museum purchased two of her pieces for their permanent collection in 1962.

Jane was affiliated with the Otto Seligman Gallery in Seattle. Twenty-two of her paintings were shown in a two-person exhibit shared with Irwin Caplan at the Seligman Gallery in 1963. She also exhibited at Frederick and Nelson’s The Little Gallery, Seattle, Keegs, Seattle, the Bellevue Fair, the Woessner Gallery of Seattle Invitational Exhibit of 15 Washington artists, and the American Association of University Women. Her 1972 Retrospective Exhibition at the Whatcom Museum represented works from over 3 decades. Whatcom Museum offered her a second major exhibit in 2000 entitled Picasso’s Eye. She was affiliated with the Blue Horse Gallery and Gallery 217 in Bellingham, Washington. In 1972 she was included in Women Artists in Northwest Collections at the Henry Gallery, University of Washington.

In 1978, Jane was one of 25 artisans representing the Pacific Northwest in the Flight of Northwest Architects, Designers and Artists invited to attend Jacquelyn Kennedy’s dedication of the “Temple of Dendur” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

One person shows:

1955 & 1957      Western Washington University

1957                       Seattle Art Museum

1960                       Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada

1960                       Everett Junior College

1960                       First Federal Gallery, Everett

1963                       Otto Seligman Gallery, Seattle

1970                       University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

1972                       Retrospective (25 years), Whatcom Museum of Art

1974                       Drawing Exhibit, Roeder Home, Whatcom County Parks

1978                       Symbolic Images from an Inward Journey, Anacortes Art Gallery

2000                       Picasso’s Eye, Whatcom Museum of Art

2017                       Jane Hamilton Hovde: Life and Times, Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery


1953                       Award, 1st Prize for oils, Washington Territorial Centennial Show

1953                       Award, Honorable Mention, Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Professional Artists of Washington

1953                       The All State Painting Show: The Art League of Bellingham

1953                       Keegs, Seattle Chapter Artists’ Equity Association, Invitational

1947-1960            Inclusion in the Annual Exhibitions of Northwest Artists, Seattle Art Museum

1954                       Invitational, Pacific Northwest Artists, 3rd Annual Chi Omega Alumni Art Collectors of Seattle

1954                       Artists of Washington, The Henry Gallery, UW

1955                       Woessner Gallery, Seattle, “Invitational Exhibition of 17 Washington Artists

1955                       National Tour Exhibition, Painters Panorama, A National Selection of Living American Art, American Federation of Arts

1956                       Exhibited 3 works at Galleria Schneider, Rome, Italy, awarded Most Promising Emerging Painter

1956                       Award, Washington State Fair, Professional Artists of Washington

1957                       Seattle Art Museum: Four one-man shows; Maria Frank Abrams, Wendell Brazeau, Jane Hovde, Harold Wahl

1957                       Western Washington Fair, Puyallup, Washington Artists

1957                       One woman show, “Twenty Paintings of Italy,”AAUW Studio Gallery, WWU, Bellingham

1958                       National Tour Exhibition, Northwest Artists Today, Smithsonian Institution

1959                       One woman show, Anne Richards Studio Gallery, Mount Vernon, WA

1960                       First Federal Gallery, Everett, WA

1960                       One woman show, Everett Junior College

1961-1964            Otto Seligman Gallery (ongoing representation)

1962                       Purchase, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection, Seattle Art Museum

1962                       Exhibition, Artists of Washington, Henry Gallery, University of Washington

1962                       Northwest Religious Art, Danforth Foundation, Western Washington University

1962-63                Annual Exhibition of Northwest Watercolors, Seattle Art Museum

1963                       100 Painters, Contemporary Art of Washington, Modern Art Pavilion, Seattle Center

1963                       Two-person Show with Irwin Caplan, Otto Seligman Gallery Seattle

1964                       Purchase, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection, Seattle Art Museum

1964                       Travelling Invitational of Washington Artists, Spokane Public Library, Spokane

1967                       Commission, symbol for Whatcom County Parks

1967                       Two-person Show with Mignon Keller, Gallery 217, Bellingham, WA

1970                       Invitational, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

1970                       Exhibition, Raymond College, University of the Pacific, Stockton CA

1972                       Women Artists in Northwest Collections, Henry Gallery, University of Washington,


1972                       Interview with Jane Hamilton Hovde by Elaine Horn for KVOS-TV (archived at Center for

Pacific Northwest Studies)

1974                       Acquisition, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Permanent Collection

1974                       Acquisition, commission of drawings, Western Washington University, Alumni

Association, Permanent Collection

Alumni Association, Western Washington University

1975                       Collectors’ Exhibit, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

1978                       One woman Show, “Symbolic Images from an Inward Journey, Anacortes Art Gallery

1978                       Invitational, Limited Editions, Whatcom Museum of Art

Folklore Symposium: the legend of Jimmie Pickett, with Jane Hamilton Hovde and Lynn Bettis, KVOS TV (archived at Center for Pacific Northwest Studies)

1979                       Selection, representative for Washington State at the National American Association of

University Women’s Convention, New Mexico

Acquisition, National American Association of University Women (AAUW)

1980                       Fellowship, Artist in Residence, Sweetbriar, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

1989                       Dreams and Flowers, Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham, WA

2000                       Picasso’s Eye: A Subjective Symbolic Process, one woman exhibition tracing Jungian journey of artistic creative process, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham

2013                       Feature, The Leese Legacy, Al and Vera Leese Collection

2016                       Acquisition (2), Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

2017                       Acquisition (5), Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA 

2017                       Hidden Narrative, Museum of Northwest Art

2017                       Nature as Muse: Voices From the Pacific Northwest, Sarah-Clark Langager Gallery, Western Washington University


1950’s                   Instructor for the Art League of Bellingham, WA

1975                       Workshop for Artisans, Whatcom County Parks, Bellingham, WA

1975                       Art Consultant, Summer Colloquium, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

1975                       Workshop, Centrum Foundation, Fort Worden, Washington

1976                       Professional Workshop, Community Arts Resource Centre, Bellingham, WA

1979                       Symposium (symbolic painting), Legends Worth Pursuing, “Folklore of the Northwest

Corner: The Life of a Community”, Western Washington University

1979                       Alburquerque, AAUW Symposium, Art Instruction 


1958                       Variety Marks Northwest Annual, by Kenneth Callahan, Seattle Times

1963                       A Pacific Northwest Artist at Work, by Dolly Connelly, Seattle Times

1968                       Hovde Folio 10:10, Hors Commerce Press – 1968, Torrance, California

1972                       Interview with Jane Hamilton Hovde by Elaine Horn for KVOS-TV (archived at Center for

Pacific Northwest Studies)

1972                       Hovde: An Epitome of the Life of Styles in Art, by Tom Sherwood

1977                       Listed in the National Index of Taped Interviews, Archives, and Manuscripts Division, Suzallo Library at the University of Washington, Seattle.

1979                       Folklore of the Northwest Corner – The Human Touch, Western Washington University

1981                       A.J. Hovde Selected Poems published by Fairhaven College Press, Library of Congress 81-

66939,   (illustrations by Jane Hovde)

1979                       Cited in American Association of University Women publication (Women of Washington)

2005                       Blakely Island in Time, a Pacific Northwest History, by JoAnn Roe

2013                       The Leese Legacy, by Antonella Antonini and Sarah Clark-Langager 


Bruce Allen, San Jose, CA

Phil Serka, Bellingham, WA

Alec and Lorraine Lang, Seattle WA

Kirk August Radke, New York, NY

Al Swift, Washington DC

Maria Theresa Lopez Matesanz, Madrid, Spain

Jack Shadboldt, Vancouver, BC

Robert Bragg, Bellingham, WA

Anne Domei, Grand Forks, British Columbia

Paul and Ellen Lodine, Portland, OR

Hoedemaker-Pfeiffer, Seattle, WA

And many others

Jane is represented in the collection of the Western Gallery of Western Washington University and is included in the prestigious Al and Vera Leese Collection. She is included in the collections of the Center for the Creative Arts, Sweetbriar, Virginia: the Museum of Northwest Art in La Connor, Washington; the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington; Western Gallery of Western Washington University; and in numerous private collections in the USA, Canada and Spain. As of December 2018 she is now in the Collection of the Henry Gallery, University of Washington.

Her journals, biographical material, correspondence, research and writing are represented in the archives of the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. 

Jane Hamilton Hovde passed away in 2016 at the age of 95.

She was the recipient of many awards and honors and represented Women of Washington in Albuquerque, New Mexico as their representative for the AAUW. Journalist Dolly Connelly describes her as “At peace in the forests, as attuned to wild beaches as their tidepool creatures, Jane Hamilton Hovde is that rarity…a true artist of the Pacific Northwest.” Her light drenched works range through Cubist, Abstract Expressionist, Portraiture, Pacific Northwest, Italian, and Modern Abstract stylistic evolutions. They surprise and delight the senses.

To quote her mentor, Richard Fuller, former President and Director of the Seattle Art Museum:

“You have unquestionably won a position as one of the leading artists of the Northwest.”