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Journal Sentinel puts spotlight on future of murals by UW-Madison's Kreilick

April 30, 2018
The work of  UW-Madison's Marjorie Kreilick recently appeared in an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled, "State Office Building murals by pioneering feminist artist in jeopardy."

Kreilick is a professor emeritus with the School of Education's Art Department

In 1959, Kreilick shared her vision for 10 murals that would hang in the Milwaukee State Office Building, and today they could possibly be in jeopardy because the state plans to sell the aging building to private developers. 

"The case for preserving the State Office Building murals would be easier if Kreilick had the name cachet of a Curry," reports the Journal Sentinel. "But she's not a famous artist. She was a woman in a boy’s club, those who worked on muscular, architectural projects at midcentury. Female artists were often encouraged to teach rather than to make in that era, and she was dedicated to her teaching as a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Still, Kreilick had notable commissions, for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for instance, and other public and private buildings, mostly in the Midwest."
  
Read the full article on the Journal Sentinel website.

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