Metta V. Strough Hills (1873-1964)
Painter. Born in Orleans, New York on April 1, 1873. Metta was the wife of college professor, Elijah Clarence Hills. The couple was in Winter Park, Florida (1898-1902), New York (1903), Colorado (1905-1918), and Bloomington, Indiana. By the 1920s they they were in Berkeley, California where Metta was a pupil of John Gerrity, Ray Boynton, and Hans Hofmann at the University of California. After the death of her husband in 1932, she continued living in Berkeley for a few years and then went to Paris for further study with André Lhote. By 1938 she was living in New York City. Mrs. Hills died in Santa Barbara, California on August 13, 1964.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; American Art Annual
1933; Who's Who in American Art
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