Gene Kloss (born Alice Geneva Glasier) had already established the beginnings of a distinguished art career in her native California when she first visited Taos on her honeymoon in 1925. She reportedly said she considered herself a New Mexican from that day forth.
A stalwart of the Taos art colony, she created paintings, watercolors and a prodigious number of etchings and aquatintsâ€”more than 625 in a seventy-year career. She earned the respect of all the members of the occasionally contentious Taos Society of Artists as well as the regard of her peers nationally, who elected her to Associate Membership in the prestigious National Academy of Design in 1950 and Full Membership in 1972â€”the first American woman printmaker ever to be so honored.
She is known today primarily for her many highly accomplished and innovative prints of the Western landscape and particularly of the lives and ceremonies of the many Pueblo people whom she befriended and esteemed.
She is now universally considered one of the major printmakers of the 20th Century. Her work graces scores of major private collections here and abroad as well as the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Carnegie Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Library of Congress and the National Academy of Design.