George Bellows was a celebrated as an important American painter in the turn of the last century. His bold depictions of ordinary life made him a leader in the realism movement and he became an acclaimed artist of his generation. Bellows work was provocative and extraordinarily popular. He later used his influence to encourage the development of the fledgling Columbus Museum of Art.
Alice Schille was one of the watercolorists of the her day and created paintings all over the country. She also painted portraits of most of the prominent families in Central Ohio between 1905-40