AP photo from May 11, 1941, showing Ruth Van Sickle Ford, first woman member of the Palette and Chisel, one-time president and director of the Chicago Academy of Art, and renowned art teacher.

She painted the large portrait of the blonde girl that is hanging in the basement at the Palette and Chisel today. Here are a couple more examples of her work: 2014-04-05 10.07.25 am2014-04-05 10.07.41 am