Mary Elizabeth Nottingham Day

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Mary Elizabeth Nottingham Day, known professionally during her life as Elizabeth Nottingham, (November 29, 1907–April 2, 1956) was an artist and teacher.[1][2] She preferred to paint outdoors and directly from nature, and was equally skilled in watercolor, ink, and oils.[3]

Day grew up in Culpeper, Virginia, which figured in much of her art.[1] She studied at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and from the late 1920s until 1931 studied at the Art Students League of New York, and it was at the latter that she met Horace Day.[2][4]

In 1936 she became director of the Big Stone Gap Federal Art Gallery, and later that same year became director of the Lynchburg Federal Art Gallery.[1] In 1940-1941 she was assistant state art supervisor of the Works Projects Administration's extension service.[1]

She married Horace Day in 1941.[1]

She began teaching at Mary Baldwin College in 1941, and continued teaching there until she died in 1956.[4] She and Horace were co-directors of the college's art department.[2]

From 1950 until 1956 she sat on the State Art Commission.[1]

She also was a board member and was president of the Virginia Art Alliance.[1]

At the time of her death, she was gaining significant national recognition.[5]

In 2016, she was posthumously honored as one of the Virginia Women in History.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mary Elizabeth Nottingham Day. "Virginia Women in History 2016 Mary Elizabeth Nottingham Day". Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  2. ^ a b c "Mary Elizabeth (Day) Nottingham - Artist Biography for Mary Elizabeth (Day) Nottingham". Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ Bearss, Sara B., et al., Horace Talmage Day, Dictionary of Virginia Biography Vol. 4, Richmond, Library of Virginia (2010).
  4. ^ a b "Horace and Elizabeth Nottingham Day's Paintings on Display in Hunt Gallery - News at Mary Baldwin". Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  5. ^ Kuh, Katherine, Foreword: New Talent in the U.S.A., Art in America, Feb. 1956, p. 11.
  6. ^ "Virginia Women in History". Retrieved 2018-03-15.