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Gems of Modernist Brevity: Alice Schille Watercolor Miniatures (November 27, 2019- March 8, 2020)

This exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice Schille’s (1869-1955) birth through her miniature watercolors that were produced in a variety of locations — from France and England to North Africa, Guatemala and Santa Fe, New Mexico. These tiny paintings range in style from Impressionism to Post Impressionism to Cubism. A portion of Schille’s journals, studies, and artifacts will also be on display. This exhibition is curated by Keny Galleries, and in conjunction with the Columbus Museum of Art.


Considered one of America's foremost women watercolorists, Columbus, Ohio, native Alice Schille earned international recognition, including top prizes from arts institutions in San Francisco, New York, Washington and Chicago, for her fine Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings of street scenes, beaches, markets, as well as women and children. Graduating from the Columbus Art School (which later became the Columbus College of Art and Design) at the top of her class in 1893, Schille continued her studies in New York and Paris. 


​In 1904, five of her paintings were accepted for exhibition at Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, and from that time on her work was included regularly in important American annual exhibitions. Schille returned to Columbus and began what was to become a lifelong career in education, teaching watercolor and portrait painting at her alma mater for 40 years. Traveling each summer to paint, her unique style expanded to reflect what she had absorbed while in England, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Yugoslavia, Russia, North Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Norway, Turkey, Greece and Belgium. Although personally shy, Schille possessed unusual courage and strength of will. These characteristics were reflected in both her independent lifestyle and in her art, as she continually worked to master new modes of painting throughout her career. 

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