Mayna Treanor Avent

Mayna Treanor Avent

Mayna Treanor Avent
Born September 17, 1868
Nashville, Tennessee
Died January 2, 1959
Sewanee, Tennessee
Education Art Academy of Cincinnati
Académie Julian
Occupation Painter
Spouse(s) Frank Avent
Children James Avent
Parent(s) Thomas O. Treanor
Mary Andrews Treanor

Mayna Treanor Avent (1868–1959) was an American painter.


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Career 1.2
    • Death 1.3
  • References 2


Early life

Mayna Treanor Avent was born on September 17, 1868 in Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2][3]

Her father was Thomas O. Treanor and his mother, Mary Andrews Treanor.[1] She grew up at Tulip Grove, an antebellum mansion opposite Andrew Jackson's The Hermitage.[1][2] She studied painting at the Cincinnati Art Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio and at the Académie Julian in Paris, France for two years.[1][2][4]


Mayna Treanor Avent Studio

She taught painting in Nashville, and exhibited her oil and watercolour paintings in Massachusetts, South Carolina and Tennessee.[1][2] She often painted in what is now known as the Mayna Treanor Avent Studio on the Jake's Creek Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Elkmont, Tennessee.[5]

She was a member of the Nashville Studio Club, the Nashville Artists Guild, and the Centennial Club.[1][2]

She spent her last three years with her son in Sewanee, Tennessee.[1][2]


In 1891, she married Frank Avent, a lawyer for the State Railroad Commissioner from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[1][2] They had a son, James Avent (1895–1995).

She died on January 2, 1959.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tennessee Portrait Project
  2. ^ a b c d e f g The South on Paper: Line, Color and Light, Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2000, p. 22 [1]
  3. ^ a b Lynn Barstis Williams, Imprinting the South: Southern Printmakers And Their Images of the Region, 1920s-1940s, Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2007, p. 46 [2]
  4. ^ Carroll Van West, A history of Tennessee arts: creating traditions, expanding horizons, Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 2004, p. 104 [3]
  5. ^ F. Carroll McMahan, Elkmont's Uncle Lem Ownby: Sage of the Smokies, The History Press, 2013, p. 58 [4]