Lawson, Katherine S.

Lawson, Katherine Stewart (1891-?)

Katherine Stewart Lawson was born Katherine Stewart in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 9, 1891. She attended school in Washington D.C. and went on to the Chicago Art Institute where she won an “honorable mention” in sculpture. She won a scholarship at the Art Students League in New York, and from that time forward she focused exclusively on sculpture. She won the Shaw Memorial Prize at the American Academy of Design. She married Neil Lawson and moved to Connecticut in 1915. For several years Lawson stopped producing art and devoted her time to the care of her elderly mother. In 1935 Lawson was seriously injured when she was hit by a truck. She worked for the Public Works of Art Project and then for the WPA Federal Arts Project in 1936, completing two reliefs and four busts. Her sculpture was allocated to Norwalk High school, Roger Ludlow High School also in Norwalk, and the Norwalk Hospital. The date of Lawson’s death is unknown.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Card; WPA Biography; Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters (1986), p. 526; “Norwalk Woman Critically Hurt,” Hartford Courant,January 20, 1935; “Norwalk Sculptor Does Bust of Mark Twain, Hartford Courant, February 21, 1937.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Katherine Lawson:

Portrait: Dr. Fawcett (relief): plaster
Mark Twain: plaster
Thomas Paine (bust): plaster
F.D. Roosevelt (bust): plaster
E.T. Bedford (bas-relief): plaster
Lawson, Katherine S.