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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Richard A. Lawson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

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Lawson attended college at Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Richard A. Lawsom is a photographer. He is recognized for significant contributions in the field of still photography.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Fred E. Myers: Wood-Carver
ISBN: 0809309742

Southern Illinois University Press. 1980

The symbiosis of artisan and medium whets this tale of the gentle giant of southern Illi­nois and his black walnut carvings.

Fred E. Myers was a southern Illinois coal miner who enjoyed carving figures of men and animals from the native woods of the area but most of all from black walnut, which he polished until the dark soul of the wood showed. An appendectomy in 1938 made it impossible for him to continue to work in the mines and the Works Progress Admin­istration made it possible for him to work full time at his hobby. He worked from 1939 to 1942 carving models of prehistoric animal life and a series of local character types for the Southern Illinois Normal University Museum.

Myers carved thirty-five pieces for the museum and during the same period carved twenty-five pieces on his own. These works represent more than half of his entire artistic output.

The Federal Art Project in Illinois: 1935-1943
ISBN: 0809315807

Southern Illinois University Press. 1990

Started "because people were hungry," by the time the project ended, it had given artists the opportunity to study art, to meet other artists, to develop disciplined work habits, to manage their production with some business sense, and most importantly, to work without interruption.

The authors include 32 photographs of Illinois Art Project artwork, locations, and personnel.


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