(Apr. 23, 1871-Dec. 17, 1951). Marie Childs Todd was born in Indianapolis. She was the daughter of John Todd, an Indianapolis real estate developer credited with helping to layout several early additions to the city. Todd graduated from Indianapolis High School and studied at the Pratt Institute in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and John Herron Art Institute. She taught briefly at Herron around 1915 and then at Shortridge from 1919 to 1937, thus having considerable influence on art education in the city. In addition to her teaching, she drew designs for tiles and greeting cards.

Todd’s artistic abilities included woodcarving, oil and watercolor painting, and pastel drawing. In 1933, her work was the opening exhibition in the second annual series of one-artist shows at Herron. She was a charter member of the Indianapolis Artists Club, for which she served as both vice president and director. Several of her paintings are in the collection of Indianapolis Public Schools.

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