Born in Finland on Oct. 15, 1906. Leah Rinne immigrated to California in 1921. After receiving an M.A. degree from UC Berkeley, she traveled and studied in Europe. From 1930-42 she was a teacher at Dominican College in San Rafael, CA. Her married name was Hamilton by the mid-1930s. Most of her career was spent in San Francisco; she died in Oakland on July 4, 1960. Member: Calif. WC Society; SFAA (vice-pres.); SF Women Artists (pres.). Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; SFMA, 1935-58 (prizes); SFAA, 1937-42 (medal); AIC, 1939; Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1939-43; GGIE, 1940; Faulkner Art Gallery (Santa Barbara), 1941; AIC, 1941; CGA, 1943; CPLH, 1945, 1946, 1952; City of Paris (SF), 1946; Calif. State Fair, 1947, 1950; Whitney Muse
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Who's Who in American Art
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