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WPA Lecture Rescheduled for April 1 at WIU

February 20, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – A lecture at Western Illinois University about the New Deal's Federal Art Project has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1.

DePaul University Associate Professor Joanna Gardner-Huggett will deliver the address, "Why the WPA Was Not Enough for Chicago Women Artists," beginning at 7 p.m. in Tillman Hall, room 212. The lecture was originally scheduled for Feb. 4, but was postponed because of severe weather.

The lecture is part of the WIU Art Gallery exhibit, "A New Deal for Illinois: The Federal Art Project Collection of Western Illinois University," which is on display through Saturday, March 1. The show, sponsored by the WIU Foundation and WIU emeriti faculty members Bill and Jo Sanders, highlights about 40 works from WIU's permanent collection.

Gardner-Huggett's presentation will examine strategies used by female artists who worked through the New Deal's Federal Art Project, which advanced the career of numerous women artists, including Gertrude Abercrombie, Macena Barton, Fritzi Brod and Julia Thecla. The University Art Gallery owns four paintings by Abercrombie.

Gardner-Huggett teaches in DePaul University's Department of the History of Art and Architecture, giving classes in twentieth century art and women's and gender studies.

The lecture, which is open free to the public, is co-sponsored by the WIU Department of Women's Studies and the Knox College Department of Art History. This lecture also is funded in part by a Visiting Lectures Committee grant award.

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