Birgitta Moran Farmer

Birgitta Moran Farmer

"Self Portrait". 1924. Watercolor on Ivory
Born 1881
Lyons, New York, United States
Died 1939 (aged 5758)
Syracuse, New York, United States

Birgitta Moran Farmer (1881–1939) was an American artist particularly known for her portrait miniatures.


Farmer was born in Lyons, New York. She attended Lyons Public School, graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Rochester, New York, and graduated from College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University.

At commencement, she won the 1906 Hiram Gee Award in Painting.[1] She used the award to study at Académie Julian and Académie de la Grande Chaumière Paris during 1906–1907.[2][3] Among other places, she roomed at the American Girl's Club in Paris.[4][5]

She married Dr. Thomas Patrick Farmer of Syracuse, New York.[6] They had four children.

She exhibited with the American Society of Miniature Painters, the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters, the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, and the Associated Artists of Syracuse.

She died in 1939 in Syracuse, New York, of cancer.


Farmer's work including her 1924 self-portrait was exhibited at the 24th and 25th Annual Exhibition of American Society of Miniature Painters [7][8] and the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters's 38th Annual Exhibition.[9]

Her portrait of her daughter "Anne" was included in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair Century of Progress "Exhibition of Miniature Paintings by Living Artists",[10] The Metropolitan Museum of Art "Four Centuries of Miniature Painting",[11] and the Smithsonian American Art Museum National Collection of Fine Arts.[12] Moran is included in the National Portrait Gallery (United States) Catalog of American Portraits.[13][14] Her art was often signed "B K Moran", "Moran", or "B M Farmer".


  1. Bulletin of Syracuse University (April 1907)., Page 132.
  2. Benezit Dictionary of Artists
  3. MacMillan Company, 1927, American Art Annual, Volume 24 ;Volume 26
  4. Susan Butlin, The Practice of Her Profession: Florence Carlyle, Canadian Painter, The Bohemia of Paris 1890 - 1896
  5. Phelps Publishing Company, 1907, Good Housekeeping, Volume 45, P.415
  6. The Lyons Republican (Friday, August 29, 1913)., Page 7.
  7. Twenty Fourth Annual Exhibition of the American Society of Miniature Painters New York February 6th-March 10th inclusive: M. Knoedler & Co., 1923. Thomas Watson Library accessed September 11, 2016
  8. The Art News, Vol. 22, no. 16. (1924). The Art News (1923-), 22(16), page 1. Retrieved from
  9. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents The Thirty-seventh Annual Philadelphia Water Color and Print Exhibition, and the Thirty-eight Annual Exhibition of Miniatures, by Philadelphia Water Color Club and the Pennsylvania Society of Miniature Painters, Oct 22-Nov 26, 1939, 2nd Edition.
  10. Catalog of an Exhibition of Miniature Paintings by Living Artists, A Century of Progress, General Exhibits Building, Graphic Arts Pavilion (Chicago World’s Fair) May 27- Oct 31, 1933, page 29. University of Chicago Library Accessed September 11, 2016.
  11. Four Centuries of Miniature Painting: A Special Exhibition, Including Loans from Museums and Private Collections and Examples from the Museum's Own Collection, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the American Society of Miniature Painters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 19 – March 19, 1950 page 15. Thomas Watson Library Accessed September 11, 2016
  12. Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts, April 1950.
  13. National Portrait Gallery Catalog of American Portraits File "Brigitta Moran Farmer (Mrs. Thomas P. Farmer)" N.B. Misspelled first name
  14. Smithonsian Collection Search Center accessed September 11, 2016
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