William Lewis Lester

   William Lewis Lester (1910-1991)
was born in Graham, Texas, on August 20, 1910. In 1924 Lester and his family moved to Dallas, Texas. He attended and graduated from the Woodrow Wilson High School.

     He began his art studies under Thomas Stell and Olin Travis at the Dallas Art Institute where he met fellow artists Jerry Bywaters, Otis Dozier, Everett Spruce, Alexandre Houge and other artists which they during the great depression formed a group of artists to become the Dallas 9 who were regionalist in style which Dallas during the 30's and 40's was one of the Americas leading regionalist art movements.

     In 1938, Lester and others of the Dallas 9 formed the Lone Star Printmakers and for several years exhibited their lithographic prints.

     Lester taught art at the Dallas Museum of Art from 1940 to 1942, then from 1942 until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1972, he taught at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. From 1952 to 1954 he was chairman of the art department. He was a frequent exhibitor and had favorable recognition during his career.

     William Lester died November 27, 1991 in Austin, Texas.

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