Alice Schille (1869–1955) was an American watercolorist and painter.
Schille was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended the Columbus Art School beginning in 1891, and studied at the Art Students League of New York on a scholarship under William Merritt Chase. There she studied figure drawing with Kenyon Cox. In 1894 she went to Europe and remained there until 1900, in 1903 studying at the Académie Colarossi in Paris, later traveling extensively in the United States, Morocco, Egypt and abroad. For years she taught at the Columbus Art School, retiring in 1948.
Alice Schille's father was Peter Schille and her mother was Sophia Green. She lost her father when she was only 17. Her mother lived to the age of 101 years.
Alice Schille won the gold medal at the 1915 annual watercolor exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, along with many other honors throughout her lifetime. Scholar James Keny notes in his excerpt on Schille in the Encyclopedia of the Midwest that in 1909 "Schille exhibited some of the first examples of Pointillism by an American artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts."
Schille is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio. Asked how to say her name, she told The Literary Digest it was SHILL-ay. (Charles Earle Funk, What's the Name, Please?, Funk & Wagnalls, 1936.)
- Online biography
- American Orientalists, by Gerald M. Ackerman
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