ISBN #: 9780897341530
Title: Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton (Plateau Magazine, Volume 7, #2)
Author: Alan Petersen, W. James Burns, Betsy Fahlman
Publication Date: 2012
This 88-page issue of the Museum of Northern Arizona's Plateau magazine "Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton — Artist and Advocate in Early Arizona" documents an MNA retrospective exhibit by the same name, in celebration of Arizona's 1912-2012 Centennial. Colton and her scientist husband Harold Sellers Colton visited Flagstaff on their honeymoon in Arizona's Statehood year, climbing northern Arizona's San Francisco Peaks on June 15 and 16, 1912 and remarking to each other that the city below and surrounding area would be a fine place to make a home. Fourteen years later, in 1926, they moved from Philadelphia to Flagstaff and in 1928 became principal founders of the Museum of Northern Arizona.
This magazine contains thirty-five pages of text that detail Colton's life, artistic expression, and deep advocacy for increasing artistic opportunity — especially among Native Americans and the children of Arizona. The text includes an introductory essay by MNA Director Dr. Robert Breunig; a discussion of Colton's artistic background and style by MNA Curator of Fine Art Alan Petersen; an exploration of her advocacy initiatives and educational outreach projects by W. James Burns, Ph.D., and an article by Betsy Fahlman, Ph.D., that places Colton's experiences in context with those other early 20th Century women artists working in Arizona. The issue also contains 20 sepia-tone photographs from MNA's archives and five pages of research endnotes. Credits: Editor and Managing Editor, Karen Enyedy; Guest Editor, Betsy Fahlman; Circulation, Anne Doyle; Graphic Designer, Julie Sullivan; Catalog Photographer, Tom Alexander; and Printing, Arizona Lithographers.