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Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project

The Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project records and preserves the voices of women visual artists in Iowa reflecting on their lives and their artwork. In 1998, creator and director Jane Robinette began interviewing Iowa women artists about their experiences and art practices. The interviews cover family and personal history, education, development as an artist, artwork, creative process, influences, and more. The Daily Palette is pleased to present excerpts of the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's 2008 updates that Robinette collected from the Project artists who were interviewed nine or ten years ago. Visit the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's website.


PEGGY JOHNSTON
Entries from the Bat Log, leather covers, 7.5" x 3" x 1.25", 2003

Peggy Chambers Johnston was the first peacetime baby following World War II born at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She grew up in Denver with two younger brothers. She attended the University of Wyoming, but work on her degree was interrupted by her husband's military service. She finished work on her B.A. in art education in 1975. She lived in Wyoming for several years, teaching art at a community college and other venues, then lived in Denver until moving to Des Moines in 1990. Since then, she has been teaching art at the Des Moines Art Center, freelancing for magazines, and working on her own in mixed media, creating hand-made books and embellished chine collé monotypes. She is married and has two children. She continues to take continuing education classes and workshops in printmaking, painting, papermaking, and book arts.

2008 Update: My life hasn't changed much at all in the last ten years.  I don't know if that is good or bad.  I am better-known for my work, now, and have won some nice awards.  I continue to teach wherever I can, whenever I can.  I continue to accept commissions for books and related objects for special needs or occasions.  I am one of the founding members of the Prairie Book Collaborative, a group dedicated to the book in all forms.  We are in the process of finishing out third collaboration.  It has run into many problems, but we are hoping that it will be finished in the next couple of months.

My motivation:  Books incorporate virtually all of the arts and sciences as well as many crafts, so they are endlessly fascinating to me—here's my list which keeps growing.

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