19th-21st Century Midwest American Paintings and Sculpture


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Images of the Midwest from the Collection, an exhibition held December 17, 2011 - February 27, 2012, from the Georgia Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.

Midwestern Visions: Grant Wood, Marvin Cone and Beyond, an exhibition held September 23, 2006 - June 11, 2008, from the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Includes 5:07 video. Accessed August, 2015.

"Midwest Women Artists 1840-1940: Discovering their Work, Telling Their Stories, Learning from the Past," a symposium on November 7 and 8, 2013 at Bradley University in Peoria Il. From the Illinois Wonem Artists Project. Accessed August, 2015.

"Thirty Years of the Prairie Water Color Painters" is an exhibit held from February 1 through April 19, 2015 at Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery. During the exhbit BSMG made available a .pdf file on its website containing an essay by Cori Sherman North and a checklist. Accessed March, 2015.



Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary, By Mary Sayre Haverstock, Jeannette Mahoney Vance, Brian L. Meggitt, Jeffrey Weidman, Oberlin College Library. Compiled by Mary Sayre Haverstock. Contributor Mary Sayre Haverstock, Jeannette Mahoney Vance, Jeffrey Weidman. Published by Kent State University Press, 1999. ISBN 0873386167, 9780873386166. 1066 pages. Google Books says:

This comprehensive new three-volume guide to the early art and artists of Ohio is a compendium of hard-to-find information The result of more than twelve years of research in community archives, newspapers, business directories, census returns, genealogical records, and manuscripts, Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900 is the most ambitious and complete attempt ever made to document the state's artistic origins and growth.
The authors have uncovered and remedied innumerable gaps and errors in standard reference works. They have also brought to light new information about thousands of forgotten men and women, once well known in their communities, who achieved success in either the fine arts or the decorative and "practical" arts of photograph, ornamental penmanship, tombstone carving, china painting, illustrating, cartooning, and the execution of panoramas and theatrical scenery.
More than 13,000 entries are filled with factual details that will be indispensable to art scholars, genealogists, museum professionals, and historians, as well as to private and institutional collectors of American paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs, and anyone with an interest in the local and regional history of the nineteenth-century Midwest. Each entry is documented, cross-referenced, and backed up by two bibliographies and an appendix devoted to art organizations, schools, major expositions, and collaborative works.

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DVD/VHS videos:

Marley Kaul: Paintings is a 28-minute video which discusses the art of Bemidji, Minnesota artist and teacher M. Kaul, who works primarily with acrylics. He paints houses, churches and people in landscapes of whirling patterns and vivid colors. Kaul explains and demonstrates his techniques. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)
The Midwest Matrix, Genealogy of American Printmaking: Oral History of the Post-World War II Midwest Movement is a 2012 documentary film by Susan Goldman. "Midwest Matrix documents, preserves and disseminates an oral history of the fine art printmaking in the Midwest after 1945. Midwest Matrix is a substantive study of post-WWII printmaking that documents the synergy among Midwest universities, workshops, and their participants. Many of these artists who are now in their eighties and nineties, were able to continue their education through the passing of the GI Bill. This project allows these artists, many whom have never before been filmed, to provide accounts of their experiences, their training and their involvement with the development of print departments and studios, their art, and encounters with students"-- Container. Quote source: OCLC WorldCat

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(above: Entrance, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: John Hazeltine. © 2012 John Hazeltine)



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