Susan Benteen was born in Watsonville, CA on April 14, 1908. Benteen earned an M.A. degree at UC Berkeley and her teaching credentials at Columbia University. She further studied at the CCAC, Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco, and with Hans Hofmann. After 1932 she was an art professor at San Francisco State College. Her articles on art education often appeared in Design magazine. By 1945 she was the wife of artist William Hyde Irwin. After settling in Santa Cruz County, she was a resident of Brookdale until her demise on July 13, 1990.
Member: SF Women Artists.
Exh: Residence Club (SF), 1940.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
SF Chronicle, 5-8-1940, p.13; Who's Who in American Art
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