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 Bertha Miles Knox Foster  (1896 - 1972)

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Lived/Active: California/Kansas      Known for: painting, art education

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Bertha Miles Knox Foster was born in Hymer, Kansas on May 25, 1893.  Bertha moved to San Diego in 1906. 

By 1920 she was the wife of Jonathan D. Foster, but the marriage ended in divorce.  She studied painting with Rudolph Schaeffer, Stanton MacDonald-Wright, and Henry V. Poor. 

She was active in southern California during the 1930s as head of the art department at Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale.  Upon retirement in 1957, she moved north to Palo Alto where she remained until her death on February 14, 1972. 

Member: Women Painters of the West; Pacific Art Ass’n; Southern California Art Teachers Ass'n.

 Exhibited: California Art Club, 1930-32.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Dawdy 2: Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Volume 2. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1981.; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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