Clyde Connell, American (1901 - 1998)
Clyde Connell (1901–1998) is an American female abstract impressionist sculptor from Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish in northwestern Louisiana, who lived and worked in a cabin at Lake Bistineau during her later years. During her lifetime she was a member of the Presbyterian Women's leadership, representing Louisiana, and traveling to their annual national meeting in New York City. It was there that she discovered abstract impressionism, and eventually became a painter and sculptor in that genre. She is represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, and her works are held in many private and public collections. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana, and Tulane University's Law School have examples of her work. Connell is the subject of a one-woman play, "Louisiana Women: Clyde" written by Lake Charles playwright Carolyn Woosley. The play was on tour throughout Louisiana in Fall 2010. Notes on the research sources for the play were included in Woosley's playscripts' book.
In the year of her passing, she was named a Louisiana "Living Legend" by the Public Broadcasting Service.