The following information was submitted by her son, Andres Calandria:
Challis Walker Calandria was born and educated in New York City. At the age of twelve she had her first instruction in sculpture (outside of school) which caused her decision to enter art schools after high school graduation. She attended the Art Student's League in New York City for two years studying sculpture with William Zorach. Following this, she went to Paris in 1933 where she studied at the Academie Colarossi with Marcel Gimond, sculptor. Her Paris studies stretched into a six year period during which time one of her sculptures was shown at the Salon des Tuileries, and a book for children which she wrote and illustrated was accepted (
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