Heberer, born in St. Louis in 1868, began his art studies at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, established in 1879. There had been an art academy in St. Louis, the Western Academy of Art, which opened in 1859 and inaugurated its first annual exhibition a year later. This institution finally merged with the St. Louis School of Fine Arts in 1879. Heberer probably enrolled in art history classes taught by Halsey C. Ives, the first director. There was also instruction in drawing, painting, anatomy, and perspective, as well as European history and literature. Other instructors included Carl Gutherz (1844-1907) and Mary Fairchild (1858-1947), who would become the wife of the sculptor Freder
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