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John Hubbard Rich was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 5, 1876. He attended the Art Students League in New York for four years, followed by three years of study at the School of the Boston Museum. While studying in Boston, he was awarded the Paige two-year traveling scholarship in Europe. Upon returning from Europe, he taught art at the Groton School. In 1914, he and artist William Cahill moved to Los Angeles and established the School for Illustrating and Painting. In Los Angeles, he taught at the University of Southern California and Otis Institute. The artist died in Los Angeles on March 30, 1954.


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1905-07 Paige Traveling Scholarship, Boston Museum of Fine Arts School
1915 Silver Medal, San Diego Exposition
1916 Second Prize, California Art Club
1916 Silver Medal, Panama-California Exposition
1917 Black Prize, California Art Club
1919 Ackerman Prize, California Art Club
1922 Harrison Prize, Los Angeles County Museum
1932 Purchase Prize, Santa Monica Art Association

American Artists Professional League
California Art Club
Laguna Beach Art Association
Salmagundi Club
San Diego Art Guild




Boston Museum of Fine Art
California State Federation of Women’s Clubs
Federal Building, Los Angeles
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum
Pomona College
Scripps College
Utah Art Institute
University Club, San Diego
University of Southern California





1. Grund. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. II, 2006, p. 991.
2. Hughes, Edan Milton. Artists in California: 1786-1940. Second ed., Vol. I, Sacramento, CA, 1989, p. 465.
3. Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, ed. Glenn B. Opitz, 1986, p. 771.


Boston Art Club
Art Institute of Chicago
Laguna Beach Art Association
1905-07 Boston Museum of Fine Art
1915, 1917, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1939 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
1915 San Diego Exposition
1916-17, 1919 California Art Club
1916 San Francisco Art Association
1916 Panama-California Exposition
1928 California State Fair
1939 National Academy of Design
1905, 1912-14, 1923 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
1928 California State Fair
1928 Arizona State Fair
1932 Santa Monica Art Association
1939 Golden Gate International Exposition

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