East of Socorro


Frances Skinner ( American, 1902 - 1983 )

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By 1940, Socorro, located near El Paso, had become a major center for cotton production due to the creation of a dam in 1916 that changed the agricultural landscape. Here Frances Skinner avoids the current landscape of the city, concentrating instead on the natural topography of West Texas, untouched by cultivation. Born in Dallas, Frances Skinner studied both at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles, the parent organization of the California Institute of the Arts, and with the painter Everett Spruce.