Lela Powers Briggs
(1896 - 1953)
Lela Powers Briggs was active/lived in Iowa, Georgia. Lela Briggs is known for watercolor painting, commercial art, ceramics, doll making.
Biography Lela Powers Briggs
Lela Powers Briggs (1896-1953) -- student
Born in the small Iowa town (Powersville) founded by her grandfather, Lela Powers was the daughter of Leonard J. Powers, a local businessman who founded Powers Manufacturing Company in 1902, headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa, where Lela spent her childhood. Gifted in sketching and drawing, the young artist frequently signed her early creations, and while enrolled at East High School (1911-1915), served as an art editor for both the yearbook and school's literary magazine.
Following graduation, Powers attended the Art Institute of Chicago* (1915-1916, 1917-1918) and had her studies briefly interrupted by a serious illness that forced her to return to Iowa. While recovering, Powers contin
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