Alice Schille

Alice Schille
Born (1869-08-21)August 21, 1869
Columbus, Ohio
Died November 6, 1955(1955-11-06) (aged 86)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Green Lawn Cemetery
Nationality American
Education William Merritt Chase
Alma mater Columbus Art School; Art Students League of New York
Known for painting
Style Post Impressionism

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 the Fine Arts, along with many other honors throughout her lifetime. That same year she showed paintings in New York alongside works by Helen Watson Phelps, Adelaide Deming and Emma Lampert Cooper.[1] Scholar James Keny notes in his excerpt on Schille in The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, that in 1909 "Schille exhibited some of the first examples of Pointillism by an American artist at the Pennsylvania Academy of [sic] Fine Arts."

Schille visited Santa Fe, New Mexico for the first time in the summer of 1919, returning the following summer and again in 1926 and sporadically into the 1930s. In 1920 she had a one-woman exhibition of fifteen watercolor paintings at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Later that year she exhibited at the same museum's annual Fiesta show.[2]

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.)

Her work can be found in the permanent art collections of the Canton Art institute, Columbus Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Art Club of Philadelphia and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.[3]


  1. "Group exhibition of recent paintings by Helen Watson Phelps, Alice Schille, Adelaide Deming and Emma Lampert Cooper [electronic resource] : pictures of India, Mar. 1–13, 1915". Internet Archive. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  2. Lewandowski, Stacia (2011). Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest : Early Artists of Santa Fe. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Salska Arts. pp. 178–179. ISBN 9780615469171.
  3. Kovinick, Phil; Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian (1998). An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. p. 271. ISBN 0292790635.

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