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Alumni Success Story

Award-Winning Alumna Artist

By Liz Raymond


Lila Snow is a prize-winning sculptor, painter, and assemblage artist that has an impressively diverse background and just as varied interests.

Born and raised in New York, Snow is a current Chevy Chase, Maryland resident. She first earned a BS degree in chemistry from Brooklyn College and worked for a few years in the field. Years later, she received training in the arts when she attended American University as well as the Corcoran School of Art.

Snow often turns to quotations by Albert Einstein to express her feelings regarding the importance of the interchange between science and art. One of her favorite quotes by Einstein states, “Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity that I cannot derive from other sources.”

Snow has published art criticism, taught the first women’s studies course offered at the University of Maryland, performed stand-up comedy, and lived in various countries including Switzerland, France, Italy and Japan, during her physicist husband's, George Snow’s, sabbatical. "There is an overall multicultural theme in my work," she said.

She also views her work as an outlet for expressing her personal life experiences, current events, and stances on a broad range of political issues. The majority of Snow's artwork consists of assembled wall structures and oil paintings, which have been exhibited all over the world.

Two works from her ICI EST TOMBE series are now in the permanent collection of the American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center. ICI EST TOMBE is made from a series of crosses comprised of wood, torn, stained gauze, and rubbings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cemeteries, to show the universality of loss. Snow gathered the rubbings when she was living in Paris in 1972-73 when the Vietnam War was raging. The work was shown at the Corcoran School of Art in 1974, where it won a sculpture prize. It was also shown at The Washington Women's Art Center in 1978.

Snow’s latest work is a series on 12" x 36" scroll-like canvases. The canvases were inspired by her experiences living in Sendai, Japan and created in response to the cataclysmic events that befell the island nation on March 11, 2011, resulting in one of the worst disasters in the area.

Currently, she is the host of “The Art Scene with Lila Snow,” which airs on Montgomery Municipal Cable (MMC16) on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. with repeats on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Snow's autobiography, With a Name Like Tuchmacher…, is a captivating story of how in just one generation Snow and her husband went from immigrant families living in Brooklyn and the Bronx to the international life of physics, academia, and the art world. The sharp contrast in different cultures is brought into focus by Snow’s keen eye and tremendous sense of humor.