National Grandma Moses Day | September 7
Thu Sep 7th

National Grandma Moses Day

Anna Mary Robertson Moses' birth on September 7th commemorates her National Grandma Moses Day. Each year, this illustrious artist's birthday is commemorated.


Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961) is a source of hope for those who begin a career later in life. Anna Moses was known as either "Mother Moses" or "Grandma Moses" for the majority of her life. Grandma Moses began a life in the arts at an early age, and she's especially inspiring.

Road to success

Mrs. Moses was unable to embroider due to arthritis, she turned to painting as a creative outlet. She picked up the medium in her 70s. Many wished to many Mrs. Moses' pastoral scenes depicting small-town and country life. Since she sold her artwork at a local drugstore, visitors often saw her art. Mrs. Moses's immensely beautiful work was discovered by an amateur art collector one day. Louis J. Caldor, a collector, persuaded the Museum of Modern Art to include Moses in a members-only folk art exhibition. Caldor's discovery and the MOMA opportunity culminated in a one-woman exhibition.

Mrs. Moses soon found a large, global audience. The press dubbed her "Grandma Moses" as Moses outlined her work under the name Mrs. Moses, but the name stuck.

Grandma Moses' fame soared. Exhibitions in the 1950s broke attendance records all around the world at one point. Grandma Moses on the September 16, 1960, front page of LIFE magazine as part of her 100th birthday celebration.

Grandma moses awards and accolades have been given to and honors, as well as citations

  • 1950 – Cited as one of the five most influential women in the country
  • The National Association of House Dress Manufacturers (NAH) recognizes Women of the Year in 1951
  • Age 88 – Mademoiselle Magazine named her "Young Woman of the Year" in a series
  • The first honorary doctorate from Philadelphia's Moore College of Art was named
  • 1969 – A United States commemorative stamp was issued in her honor
  • Sugaring Off (1943) (1943) was her best-selling work at US $1.2 million in 2006, her highest-selling work at US $1.2 million. Sugaring Off was a prime example of the simple rural scenes for which she was well-known
  • The Grandma Moses' painting, Fourth of July, is donated by Otto Kallir to the White House, where it also hangs today

How to celebrate grandma moses day on grandma moses day

Anna Mary Robertson Moses' artwork is on display. You may be surprised to learn how familiar she is to you. On social media, use the hashtag #GrandmoMosesDay to post.

National grandma moses day events have influenced national grandma moses day tradition

In 1960, Grandma Moses Day was declared on September 7th in honor of Grandma Moses' 100th birthday.

Grandma moses FAQ

Q. Where are Grandma Moses' paintings today?

A. Many of her paintings can be seen at Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. Some are privately owned. Others are not publicly owned.

Q. How old Grandma Moses was when she died?

A. Grandma Moses lived to be 101 years old.

A. Did Grandma Moses have any children? Grandma Moses and her husband Thomas S. Moses had ten children together. However, five of the children died at birth, but five of the five children died at birth.