Hester Merwin Ayers

Maiden Name: 
Merwin
Variant Names: 
Hester Merwin Handley Ayers
Spouse: 
Robert Handley; Edward Lindsley Ayers
Birth Date: 
01/24/1902
Birth Place: 
Bloomington, IL
Death Date: 
12/04/1975
Death Place: 
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Variant Date/Place: 
Birth Place: NYC
Residences/Studios: 
Bloomington, IL.
Chicago
Visited: 
Africa
Southeast Asia
Lapland
Active In: 
Bloomington, IL.
Chicago
NYC
Florida
Medium: 
Illustration
Mural
Painting - Oil
Painting - Watercolor
Subject: 
Child Figure/Portrait
Portrait
Wildflowers
Exhibitions: 
Solo exhibit, Wesleyan University, Bloomington (IL), 1933.
Solo exhibit, New House Galleries, NYC, 1935.
Solo exhibit, Decatur (IL) Art Center, 1934, 1940.
Solo exhibit, Stetson University, Deland, FL
Solo exhibit, Research Studios Gallery, FL.
Stockbridge, MA, 1931
Hester Merwin, Farargil Galleries, NYC, 1948
Caribbeans and Indes Natives, National Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Solo, Indians and Mexicans of Oaxaca, U of Illinois, Champaign (IL), 1950
Portraits, Bloomington (IL) Art Association, Withers Library, Bloomington, 1957
Springfield, IL
Decatur, IL
Awards: 
Volusia County Artists Association, Stetson U, DeLand (FL), 1961
Collections: 
Withers Public Library, Bloomington, IL
Bloomington Art Association, Bloomington, IL
McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington, IL
Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
McLean Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
Training: 
Florence, Italy.
SAIC
NYC
Taos, NM
Pasadena, CA
Other Occupations: 
Set designer, builder
Magazine illustrator: "Asia", "Click", "Natural History".