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Name: George J. MaviglianoPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionGeorge J. Mavigliano is Assistant Professor of Art History at Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Biographical and Professional InformationMavigliano is an art historian. He is recognized for significant achievementsin art history.
- Fred E. Myers: Wood-carver, Southern Illinois University Press, 1980
- The Federal Art Project in Illinois, 1935-1943, Southern Illinois University Press, 1990
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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.