(1896 - 1973)
Julia Thecla was active/lived in Illinois. Julia Thecla is known for fantasy, child-like images, imaginative subjects, whimsy.
Biography Julia Thecla
Modernism in the New City: Chicago Artists, 1920-1950
b. Delavan, IL, 1896-d. Chicago, 1973
Julia Thecla Connell was born in 1896 in the rural town of Delavan, Illinois, to Irish parents Julia Fitzpatrick Connell and James Gleason Connell. She had three older sisters and one younger brother, and showed an early aptitude for art. Thecla began her art education as soon as she was old enough to pay for classes, studying at Illinois State University, Normal, for a summer.
In 1920 she moved to Chicago, taking classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), supporting herself and her studies through art and antique restoration work. Around that time, she dropped the Irish surn
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