Skip to Content

Kloss, Gene (1903-1996)
"Prelude to the Gift Dance"
H:12 x W:15
Gene Kloss(1903-1996)

A native of Oakland, California, Alice Geneva Kloss attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1924, and then spent a year at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts. Marriage to poet Phillips Kloss in 1925 brought a sojourn in the Southwest, and the couple eventually established a residence in Taos, New Mexico. Though introduced to the etching medium by a professor, Kloss was largely a self-taught printmaker and created over 600 copper plate etchings, which she printed herself. The mastery of her printmaking earned her the position of Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1950, becoming a full Academician in 1972