Biografie von Gilmer PETROFF (1913-1990)

Birth place: Saranac Lake, NY

Addresses: Taylors, SC; Columbia, SC

Profession: Painter, designer, educator

Studied: Yale Univ.; Univ. Wis. Summer Sch.; Cape Cod Sch. Art; also with Richard E. Miller.

Exhibited: San Diego Art Guild, 1936; PAFA, 1937-38; AIC, 1939; Atlanta AA; Greenville (SC) A. Lg.; Mint Mus. A., 1946 (prize). AWCS (prize 1946); Girls H.S., Atlanta, Ga., 1947 (prize); High Mus Art, Atlanta, Ga, 1947 (purchase award); Saranac Lake AA.; Saint Paul Mus, 1939; Columbia Mus Art, SC, 1951 (purchase award 1965); Carolina AA, 1951(prize); Sears Roebuck, 1954 (prize); Florence Mus Art, SC, 1969; Staten Island Mus Art, NY.

Member: Phila. WCC; Atlanta AA; Greenville (SC) A. Lg.; Staten Island AA; Beach Combers C., Provincetown, Mass; SC Art Assn (pres., 1955); Columbia Artists Guild (pres., 1957).

Work: Dongan Hills, NY, Savings Bank; O'Hara Collection; High Mus., Atlanta, Ga.; Columbia Mus., SC; Florence Mus., SC; Staten Island Hist Soc., NY; Saranac Lake AA. Commissions: murals, Colonial Bldg. & Loan Assn., Staten Island, NY, Clemson House, Clemson Univ, 1951, Tapps Dept Store, Columbia. 1954, SC Hwy. Dept., Columbia, 1956 & Yachtsman Motel, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1971.

Comments: Preferred media: watercolors, acrylics. Positions: designer, Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle & Wolfe, Architects, Columbia, 1950-60; chief designer, Stanley Smith & Sons, Builders, 1960-. Teaching: assoc. prof. archit., Clemson Univ., 1946-50; instr., Richland Art Sch., Columbia, 1950-60. Publications: illusr., Textile Leaders of the South, 1964.

Sources: WW73; WW47.

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