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The Importance of Persistence and Resilience in an Artist’s Life

Commencement Speech: The Illinois Institute of Art Photograph courtesy of Sandra Zmuda In writing this speech, I reflected back to my own graduation from Barat College. I won’t tell you how long ago that was. My commencement speaker was Jane … Continue reading

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The Lost Artist and The Trail of Tears

Little history remains of Illinois’ involvement in the one of the darkest episodes of American history—the Trail of Tears or as the Cherokee call it “Nunna dual Tsuny” or “Trail where they cried.” The fact that Illinois was part of … Continue reading

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Rufus Porter and The Lost Artist

Rufus Porter (1792-1884), the nineteenth-century American muralist, became part of The Lost Artist by happenstance. Prior to writing the book, I’d never heard of him. Though I suspect I might have seen his work somewhere, maybe, maybe not. And this … Continue reading

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