Artist Biography

1860 - 1951

Lola MacDonald was born in Edina, Iowa on October 24, 1860. She married Francis Sleeth and lived in San Francisco during 1892-99. While there she studied at the Mark Hopkins Art Institute under Douglas Tilden. She then studied with Whistler and at Académie Julian in Paris, and with MacMonnies and Emil Carlsen in New York City. In 1901 she began a long tenure as an art teacher in Washington, DC at Cathedral School for Girls. In the early 1920s she began visiting Laguna Beach, California. Following her marriage to Thomas Miller in 1931, she settled there where she remained until her demise on April 24, 1951. Her sculpture was primarily marble portrait busts of notable Americans. As a painter her subjects included landscapes, portraits, still lifes, mining camps, and missions in oil and watercolor. Member: San Francisco Art Ass'n; Washington Watercolor Club; San Francisco Sketch Club; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n. Exhibited: California Bldg, World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago), 1893; California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894; Mark Hopkins Institute, 1898 (portrait). Works held: Corcoran Gallery of Art; Cathedral Foundation (Washington, DC); Memorial Continental Hall (Washington, DC).

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