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Lived/Active: California/Michigan      Known for: Indian genre and figure, mural, animal

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In 1991, Alice Asmar was chosen for prestigious Honorary Membership in the
National League of American Pen Women. Only three such honors are given each year. This recognition reaches back to her childhood when she began winning awards for her art before the age of 10.

Her education from 1946 through 1959 included a BA magna cum laude, from Lewis and Clark College, Portland; an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle; and a one-year fellowship to study at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.

Noted for mastery in many media, she created engraved plexiglas murals that were installed at the Burbank Media Center and and City Hall. Her mural of Los Angeles, painted in acrylic on concrete, is at The Metro Medical Mall.
Collections containing her work range from the Smithsonian to the National Museum in Bulgaria. There are dozens of her images available in limited edition print form. This enables many thousands more to enjoy her astute depictions of Native Americans and colorful interpretations of Southwest flora and fauna.

Asmar is in several publications including:
Who's Who in American ART(Marquis)
Who's Who in the World (Marquis)
Who's Who in International Art (published in Lausanne, Switzerland)

Asmar has received much critical acclaim. A few are:
"Your work. . . is so much beauty like painted with my old and best dreams." PABLO NERUDA,

"Asmar's art successfully conveys cultural considerations which are needed in today's world." DR. CARL S. DENTZEL, Director,Southwest Art Museum

"...a superb draftsman with a perceptive eye and spiritual concern." BEVERLY
EDNA JOHNSON, Art Editor, Los Angeles Times Home Magazine

"Walking into an exhibit of Asmar's work is like walking into sunlight. A
Zuni Squash Blossom, an Acoma Indian Ball, is a perfect expression of her
remarkable genius, and when Asmar paints Indians in dance, she captures not only Indian aristocracy, but the silence of the mesa." DR. JULIAN FEINGOLD, Director, Senior Eye Gallery

"...a truly captivating talent."HENRY SELDIS, Art Critic, Los Angeles Times

"Critics speak of her work as ethereal, linear, rhythmic. They call attention
to her style, to her ability as a draftsman, to her unique approach to subject
matter, her sense of design, her fantasy. Never do the critics compare her to
another artist. This is not likely to happen. Alice Asmar is an original,
in the fullest sense of that word." JANICE LOVOOS, American Artist Magazine.
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A painter of Southwest Indian figure and genre, Alice Asmar has the name of "Kha-ye-povi" or Blooming Flower from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico because of her ever-increasing number of works depicting Native American people. She works in a variety of media including casein on rice paper, engraving, and painting on nambe metal.

Asmar is a long-time resident of Burbank, California and grew up in Portland, Oregon. She studied at Lewis and Clark College, graduating summa cum laude in 1949, and then earned an MFA degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1951. She studied in Paris at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts.

From 1947 to 1958, she was an assistant professor at Lewis and Clark College and then in 1961, moved to California. Her first visit to New Mexico and Arizona was in 1966, and she has returned regularly from that time.

Source: "An Encyclopedia of Woman Artists of the American West" by Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick

Biography from RoGallery.com:
Alice Asmar (1929 - )

Born in Flint, Michigan of Lebanese and Greek descent.  Her parents moved to Portland, Oregon when she was just a baby.  She started drawing and painting at a very early age.  Alice was considered a child prodigy, she was winning awards and recognition before the age of 10.  The artwork of her early years was inspired by the splendors of nature, from the inscrutable pines and ancient sculptured rocks along the Oregon Coast to the mysterious ocean mists.

Alice grew up an only child in a sensitive and creative environment.  One of her earliest memories was of tracing with her fingers the fascinating patterns in the oriental rugs that her parents had brought with them when they left Lebanon for America.

She graduated magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark College in Portland and obtained her Master's of Fine Arts Degree at The University of Washington in Seattle.  Soon after graduating she accepted a job as an engineering drafter at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.  Her assignment was clearing top secret drawing for air-to-ground missile.  Alice worked for Boeing for less than a year.  They offered her an engineering scholarship but she decided to go back to the art she loved doing from she was a child.

In 1954, Alice received her teaching certificate from the University of Washington after which she taught art at Lewis & Clark from 1955 to 1958.

After studying and traveling throughout the Near East, France, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Turkey, The Greek Islands, Greece and Lebanon, Asmar set up studios in California, New Mexico and Oregon.  Today, she works in an 800-square-foot studio that she designed with four skylights, located behind her home in Burbank, California.

Combining her inspiration from nature and with a deep respect for native American culture, her work evolved into Southwestern themes of Indian Ceremonial Dance-Dramas, Indian portraits and landscapes.
     
A master of many media, Asmar is distinguished for her many techniques which include paintings in oil, casein and acrylic, drawing in ink, pencil and pastel, collage, tapestry, books, lithography, etching, engraving on metal on plexiglas, portraits, murals and banners.  Her hand engraving of innovative designs for dinner and household wares for Nambe Mills in Santa Fe is recognized internationally.

Alice Asmar's works are in several hundred public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Smithsonian Institution, Franklin Mint, Portland Art Museum, Gene Autry Hotel in Palm Springs, Security Pacific International Bank of New York, The Public Art Museum of Gabrova, Bulgaria, Kaiser-Permanente, and the Dr. Nicholas Townell collection in Angus, Scotland.

Additional Information:
She studied with Edward Melcarth & Archipenko, University of Washington, MFA.

Work: National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institute, Washington. Los Angeles City-Scape at sunset (Mural), Commissioned by Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, 66; Painting of doves, Bangs Manufacturing Co, Burbank
Exhibitions: Seattle Art Museum. Museum of Science & Industry, Los Angeles.
Circle Gallery Ltd, Houston, Abbot Hall Gallery, William Temple House, Portland Oregon. Nambe Mills, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sr Eye Art Gallery, Long Beach. Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, California.Sun Cities Art Museum, Arizona. Audubon Art Exhibit, Portland Oregon.Walt Disney Art Auction Burbank California.
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