Landers, Bertha M.

Bertha M. Landers

 (AM. 1911-1996)

Bertha Mae Landers is remembered as a painter and etcher and for her work at the Dallas Public Library. Landers was born and raised in Winnsboro, Texas. She attended the Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine, Texas (1928-31), receiving a bachelor of science in art. In addition, she studied at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and at the Arts Students League of New York under Reginald Marsh. At the Dallas art Institute, she was a student under Olin Travis and studied under Henry Varnum Poor and Arnold Blanch. Landers worked for the Dallas Public Library where she established the audiovisual department in 1942. While based in Dallas, Landers was also active in California from the 1930s and later settled there. In 1956 she founded the Landers Film and Video Reviews, Escondido, California. Landers died in San Diego, California in 1996. Bertha Landers was a member of the Dallas Art Association; Dallas Artists League; Dallas Print Society; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Southern Printmakers; Southern States Art league; Texas Fine Arts Association, and the Texas Printmakers. Exhibitions included the Texas Centennial Exposition, Dallas; Women Artists of Dallas County, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Annual Allied Arts Exhibition, Dallas; National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.; Oakland Art Gallery; Laguna Beach Art Association; National Academy of Design, New York; Annual Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition; Southern States Art League Annual Exhibition; Women Artists of Texas 1850-1950 and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas. Source: John and Deborah Powers, Texas Painters, Sculptors, and Graphic Artists