Mary Van der Veer
Born in Pennsylvania in 1865, artist Mary Van der Veer was born into a family that valued artistic expression and practice. Van der Veer studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art under William Merritt Chase, the National Academy of Design under Edgar Ward and Will Low and later under the tutelage of James Whistler in Paris. Van der Veer’s self-portrait was chosen for a show Whistler held for his students in 1900. Van der Veer exhibited at the St. Louis World’s Fair, Louisiana Purchase Expo, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., Art Institute of Chicago, National Academy of Design, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.