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John Ihle

 (1925 - 2002)
John Ihle was active/lived in California, Illinois.  John Ihle is known for Printmaker, educator.

John Ihle

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John Ihle, printmaker and educator, was born in Chicago on February 1, 1925.  He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in America and Europe from 1943 until his discharge in 1945.  A recipient of the GI Bill, Ihle enrolled in 1946 at Illinois Wesleyan University where he was greatly influenced by instructors Charles White, a former student of Mauricio Lasansky at the University of Iowa, and Francis Chapin, a former student of Hans Hofmann.  Ihle enrolled at the University of Iowa during the summer of 1949 specifically to study with Lasansky. He returned to Wesleyan in the fall and received his B.F.A. in 1950.

Ihle had hoped to return to Iowa for his M.A. but fate had other offerings. Ernest Freed, Professor at Bradley University, viewed Ihle's graduate show and offered him graduate assistance at Bradley. Ihle became Freed's graduate assistant and earned his M.A. in 1951. Returning to Chicago, he joined the staff of the Chicago Museum of Natural History as a botanical illustrator.  However by 1952, Ihle relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area.  In 1954, he enrolled in advanced studies in art and art education at San Francisco State College and, the following year, he joined the faculty of San Francisco State University where he received tenure as an Assistant Professor in 1959. 

During the 1968 and 1969 academic year, Ihle was Visiting Artist at the University of Alberta and he was appointed to full Professor at San Francisco State University. In 1961, three of his graphics were included in the Second International Triennial of Color Graphics, in Grenchen, Switzerland, and his first solo exhibition was held the following year at the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts in San Francisco. Ihle was an active supporter of printmaking through his teaching, reviews of exhibitions, and participation in the Bay Printmakers and the California Society of Printmakers. For these efforts, he was awarded the 1998 Distinguished Artist Award from the California Society of Printmakers.  His work has been included in numerous national and international shows and is represented in the collections of the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Chicago Art Institute, Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, and the National Gallery of Art.  John Ihle died in Marin County, California on November 30, 2002.  
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Source: Nancy Dustin Moure, "Publications in California Art No. 11 , Index to California Art Exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1972; 2015 edition"

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Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1925.

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About  John Ihle

Born:  1925 - Chicago, Illinois
Died:   2002
Known for:  Printmaker, educator