biography of Lila Oliver ASHER (1921)

Birth place: Philadelphia, PA

Death place: Phila.?

Addresses: Chevy Chase, MD

Profession: Portrait painter, printmaker, educator

Studied: With Gonippo Raggi, Joseph Grossman & Frank B.A. Linton; Philadelphia Col. Art grad.

Exhibited: PAFA 1941; Pennell Print Exhib., LOC; Annual Print Exhib., Univ. VA; Nat. Collection Fine Arts (NMAA); Philadelphia Col. Art; Soc. Wash. A., 1949, 1952; CGA, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1955 (prize), 1956 (prize); Wash. Ceramic Show, 1948; Am. Vet. Exh., 1948; Metropolitan State A. Exh., 1948, 1950; A. Cooperative, 1948; Whyte Gal., 1949, 1950; Woodmere A. Gal., Phila. Pa., 1949, 1950; Soc. Wash. Pr. M., 1949-1951; Wash. WC Soc., 1949; Barnett Aden Gal.,1951; Wm. C. Blood Gal., 1955, Phila.; Chevy Chase A. Fair, 1957 (prize), 1958 (prize); A. Cl., Wash., D.C., 1957 (solo); also solos,1963, 1968, 1970 & 1972; Univ. Va., 1970 (prize). Awards: Grumbacher Award, 1960.

Member: Am Assn. Univ. Prof.; Soc. Washington Artist (pres., 1962-1964); Soc. Washington Printmakers (rec. secy., 1968-); AEA (treas., DC Chap., 1971-).

Work: CGA & Howard University, Washington, DC; Univ. VA, Charlottesville; Univ. Tex., El Paso; City of Wolfsburg, Germany, collection. Commissions: oil paintings, two panels, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia, 1940; three horizontal panels, Bolling Field Officers Club, Washington, DC; murals, two rooms, Indian Spring Country Club, Glenmont, Md; portraits, the late Justice Harold H Burton & Hon. Cyrus Chyng.

Comments: Preferred media: wood & linoleum block. Executed 3600 portraits of servicemen in Army & Navy Hospitals for USO. Teaching: instr. art, Howard Univ., 1947-1951; instr. art, Wilson Teachers Col., 1953-1954; from lectr. to prof. art, Howard Univ., 1961-.

Sources: WW73; WW47; add'l info. courtesy Anthony R. White, Burlingame, Ca.