May Schow (1895-1976)
From the late 1930s into the 1950s, she sketched and painted African Americans at work and play around Huntsville, Texas, and she was one of the few Caucasian artists who dared to paint Hispanics. She was educated at Columbia University and took summer courses from Millard Sheets, Fletcher Martin, and Hans Hoffman. In the Southwest, she studied with Alexandre Hogue who appears to have deeply influenced her work with its direct, unromanticized depictions of people. From 1938 to 1962, Schow was head of the art department at Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville.