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After graduating in 1919, she went to Chicago and studied painting with the noted muralist James E. Training at the Taft Studio with other art students, she obtained a substantial knowledge of sculpture and by assisting them when their work included animals.During 19 she continued her studies in New York at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design.The native stone building cost approximately ,000 to construct of which the Federal government provided all but ,000. The building committee consisted of Sam Johnson, chairman; Frank Buell, Jr.; Fred Settle and William Thompson. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.101 East First Street, Edmond, OK Oil on Canvas Mural Artist: Ila Mc Afee Turner Painted in 1939 at the Edmond Post Office, Originally located at 101 E First.It had two wings, a connecting terrace and a cafeteria open to all students. Dormitory rooms had two of everything: closets, beds, chest of drawers, desks, chairs and bookcases all made of high-grade maple as well as a lavatory and medicine cabinet.The American Legion Hut, located on the southwest corner of Stephenson Park, was built in 1936 through help from the WPA.
The painting hung in the lobby of the Edmond Post Office for decades.
Each building contained a large drill hall as the principle enclosure and seated about 2,000 people.
The armories had a modern target range for pistol and rifle practice in their basements.
She was a particular friend of the noted Western art collector, Lutcher Stark and painted fifteen portraits of Lutcher’s longhorns at ‘Shangri-La.’ She also received every award that could be won at the New Mexico State Fair professional juried show. In 2009, a statue of him was placed in front of the school.
Mc Afee Turner’s paintings are featured in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, the Museum of New Mexico and other art galleries across the southwest. Stones from the former Kingsley/Lowell School were used to build Russell Dougherty Elementary.