Ethel Hutson (1872-1951) was the daughter of Charles Woodson Hutson and Mary Jane Lockett. Ethel Hutson attended the University of Mississippi and Texas AM. She studied art under Cary Lockett McAuley at the Pratt Institute, National Academy of Design, and Newcomb College. Hutson’s career began with designing tiles in Indianapolis, IN, and drawing illustrations and contributing articles for Readers Magazine. She was an art teacher in the Texas public school system, then taught in several private school. In 1909, Hutson moved to New Orleans and began working for the New Orleans Picayune.
In 1912, Hutson became head of the women’s department of the New Orleans Item Newspaper and was active in local women’s groups. She was an active member and later press officer of the Women’s Suffrage Party of New Orleans. Hutson was also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern States Art League.