Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was an American painter who was instrumental in shaping American Modernism and is best known for her image of flowers and landscapes of the Southwest. Born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, she studied at the Art Students League and Columbia University and began exhibiting her work in the 1920s. Her body of work includes landscapes, street scenes, and flower still lifes, characterized by lush gradation of color as well as underpinnings of female sexuality and iconography. She was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a National Medal of Arts in 1985. Her is in numerous collections throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.