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This Day in Georgia History

May 22, 1875

Lucy May Stanton Born

Artist Lucy May Stanton was born in Atlanta, Georgia. By age seven she was already showing great promise as a painter. Throughout her adult life, Stanton traveled extensively doing exhibitions and teaching art and art history. She was most noted for the unique style of her miniatures, which won her numerous awards and critical acclaim. Collections of her work are housed in many of America’s finest museums, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Georgia Museum of Art. Emory University also houses a large collection of her miniatures. In her latter years, Stanton lived in Athens with her sister, continuing to paint from a studio she had constructed in 1910. She died in Athens on March 19, 1931, and was buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery.