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Photographs above: “Untitled” by Kay M. Pick Zivkovich, Pink Thai Headdress, Jeremy Crawford and students from Cobden High School, Dire Wolf skull

Join us for the Spring Reception

February 3, 4 - 7 p.m.
Spring Exhibits Opening

Carolyn Wagner SnyderCarolyn Wagner Snyder (shown to the left), one of our Museum Patrons, has already stepped forward to help with conservation. She selected this notable work (below, right), entitled “Dreams” by Aaron Bohrod for conservation. The conserved painting will be on display with photographs of its “before” state.

Bohrod pursued formal study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Drawn toward “the mecca for all young artists,” Bohrod relocated to New York City, where he studied at the Art Student’s League from 1929–32 with notable American artists and instructors John Sloan, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Boardman Robinson. Bohrod credited Sloan’s insistence on humble, everyday subjects, and on “vitality in painting” as key underpinnings for his own art. After his return to Chicago in 1932, Bohrod put Sloan’s teachings into practice by seeking out a wide range of urban locales for his paintings: “backyards and alleys and garage eaves and rooftops, and the parks, and the setting for the life of everyday people.”

Dreams paintingThroughout the Depression, Bohrod managed to support himself as a full-time artist. He sold a number of watercolors for up to $35 apiece through the Chicago gallery of Mrs. Increase Robinson. Robinson, who served as State Director of the Federal Art Project in Illinois between 1935 and 1938, facilitated commissions from Bohrod for three WPA murals for post offices in Clinton, Galesburg, and Vandalia, Illinois. The artist’s professional achievements in the 1930s also included two consecutive Guggenheim Fellowships (1936–37 and 1937–38), which funded trips to the West, and the South and Northeast, respectively. In 1939 Bohrod was accepted into the Associated American Artists group, whose membership included such luminaries as Grant Wood, John Steuart Curry, and Thomas Hart Benton.

In 1941 Bohrod was appointed a visiting artist at Southern Illinois University, a post that he vacated in 1942 to serve in the Army War Art Unit during World War II. In 1948, he was appointed artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he remained until his retirement in 1973. He died in 1992.