Grandma Moses Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Thursday, September 7th. There are until the next observance.

Every year on September 7, “Grandma Moses Day” honors the great artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses, also known as Grandma Moses. The commemoration honors an artist who was born on the same day in 1860 and continues to be an inspiration to individuals starting professions later in life. Despite her late age, she beat the odds to become one of the most acclaimed painters of her day.

📆 When is Grandma Moses Day?

This year, Grandma Moses Day is on September 7th. It is the 1st Thursday in September; in 2024, it is on Saturday.

Countdown to Grandma Moses Day

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📜 History of Grandma Moses Day

As Grandma Moses celebrated her 100th birthday in 1960, Nelson Rockefeller, then-Governor of New York, established September 7 as Grandma Moses Day.

Grandma Moses was a self-taught artist who painted themes from her childhood, such as serene vistas of farmsteads and rural life. As a result, her painting technique was basic. Grandma Moses’ paintings of rustic life were quite famous. She started selling them for around $10 at a local pharmacy.

It wasn’t until 1938 that art collector Louis Caldor came upon the pharmacy and purchased all of her works. Grandma Moses’ career was launched when Caldor included her in a folk art display at the Museum of Modern Art. The next year, her paintings were shown in New York and began to sell throughout Europe and North America.

Moses quickly garnered a worldwide following. Her shows broke world attendance records sometime in the 1950s. She went on to appear on the front cover of LIFE magazine when she turned 100 in 1960.

In 1946, Grandma Moses’ drawings were used on Christmas cards, exposing her art to a wider audience. She would go on to create thousands of paintings until dying at the age of 101 in 1961. Today we honor an icon’s life and how she has inspired generations to aspire for the heavens, regardless of their age.

☑️ Grandma Moses Day facts

Hallowed ground
Moses attended school in Vermont, which has now been transformed into a museum housing the world’s largest collection of her paintings.

Cover girl
Grandma Moses was featured on the cover of TIME’s December 28 edition in 1953 at the age of 93.

Improv queen
Grandma Moses, a self-taught painter, couldn’t afford proper supplies in her early years, so she added features like lips and eyes using pins and matches instead of little brushes.

Things to do on Grandma Moses Day

Search for her work online
View Grandma Moses’s works online. See for yourself why millions of people like this gifted artist.

Visit the museum
For a more immersive view of Grandma Moses’ works, go to the Bennington Museum in Vermont. You might also go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Take up a new hobby
Take a cue from Grandma Moses and learn something new. Painting isn’t really required, though it would be good.

📅 Grandma Moses Day Observances

2022 September 7 Wednesday
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2024 September 7 Saturday
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