Lela Borah Smith Mrs. Millard Smith (1898 - 1971)

Birth date: 1898 Death date: 1971  
Birth location: Death location: Grant County, near Lancaster Wisconsin  
Media: Painter / Watercolor , Painting , Painting / Oil Web site:
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Biographical Brief

Lancaster, Wisconsin self-taught artist/painter.
1939, was a milliner (designer of hats) who began painting on a regular basis while assistant teaching a New Deal Art class.
Exhibitions:
1941-1971- regular exhibitor, Rural Art Exhibitions.
Awards:
1942, 1st prize ($25.00), 2nd annual Rural Art Exhibit, Straw Boss,oil
1943, awarded Milwaukee Journal Prize ($100.00), 10th annual Wisconsin Salon, Between Beats
1945, Rural Art Program purchase award, 6th annual Rural Art Exhibit, Robin's Return
One of the first three people to be awarded the John Stuart Curry Award
Art Organizations:
1941, charter member Lancaster Art Club
1954, founding member and long time board member, Wisconsin Rural Artists Association
1971, May, Lela Smith, Grace Pendleton and Modesta Macke were killed in a car accident en-route to a WRAA Board meeting and the "Memorial Award" for the annual WRAA, State Day Conference was established in honor of their death.
Collections:
Rural Art Permanent Collection, Madison Wisconsin
Lancaster Public Library, Wisconsin

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