Aileen Osborn Webb

American patron of the arts, founder of Craft Horizons and American Craft Council (1892-1979)

Aileen Osborn Webb (1892 – 1979) was an American patron of crafts.


  • It is the things of the spirit, the arts of the country, which have always led mankind forward, and it is to this spirit that the craftsmen of the world must lend themselves.
  • A good life is found only where the creative spirit abounds, where people are free to experiment and create new ideas within themselves.

Mrs. Webb always had a tremendous zest for life. In 1972, when she was eighty, she told a New York Times reporter:

  • I love to dance.
    • Gordon, Dane R. Rochester Institute of Technology: Industrial Development and Educational Innovation in an American City. New York: E. Mellen, 1982.
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