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 Violet Oakley  (1874 - 1961)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/New Jersey      Known for: mural, genre, portrait, illustration

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Cindy Dlugolecki

Violet Oakley Play
As a playwright interested in women's issues and the arts, I have crafted a one-woman play about Violet Oakley and her work in Harrisburg
entitled "Violet Oakley, Unveiled." The actress, director, and I are open to taking the show anywhere Violet Oakley fans gather. The play's next production is at the Art Association of Harrisburg on Sunday, December 6, at 2 PM.

Paul Bosco

Medals by Oakley.
I have her 1921 Philadelphia Award medal. I may be able to share pictures. I am wondering in what years the medal was actually given out. Also, did she design or model other medals? --Paul Bosco, New York

Ruthann Hubbert Kemper

Violet Oakley studies
The recent discovery of the original oil on canvas studies Violet made for the Pa Capitol Governors Reception room will be displayed for the first time at the governors residence in Harrisburg. These are the studies that she gave personally to Frank Buckman, founder of the Oxford Group that today is called Initiatives of Change. The studies were housed at Caux, Switzerland and were just acquired by our Capitol Preservation Committee. For information on visiting the exhibit, email us at

Stephen Paulmier

The lunettes of “The Child and Tradition,” “Youth and the Arts,” and “Man and Science” are being restored at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia. It is a great resource for the work of Violet Oakley. Well worth a visit!

Ruthann Hubbert-Kemper

Violet Oakley
On Sunday April 10th, 2005 beginning at 1:00 PM the Capitol Preservation Committee will be hosting a lecture and tour by Dr. Donald Koones from the Harrisburg Area Community College(HACC)on Violet Oakley. This program will provide a history/background scene for the periods that Violet used in developing her paintings for the capitol.
Call 717-231-7673 to register.

Georg R. Sheets

Violet Oakley
Marylynne Pitz, of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a superb article about Violet Oakley for the Tuesday, June 10, 2003 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published June 10, 2003. It can be found on page 1 of Section B and is entitled, "Murals With a Moral."

Jen Keen

media and materials
Does anyone know the media of Violet Oakley? And the materials she used?

Ruthann Hubbert-Kemper

Violet Oakley
I noticed that the biography for Violet lists her birth place incorrectly as Bergen Heights, it should read Jersey City, NJ. We discovered this as we were researching for the book our Capitol Preservation Committee (CPC) compiled on Violet who painted 43 murals in the PA Capitol.
We also recently made a discovery of a bust that is in Nice, France. Thanks to a niece of Violets whose father was the sculptor, the Committee is getting a cast of this art and will shortly place it on exibit in a case that currently exibits other art by Violet in the Capitol Rotunda.
Ruthan Hubbert-Kemper, Executive Director of the CPC.

Georg R. Sheets

Violet Oakley
The death date for Violet Oakley should read 1961, not 1960, as is stated in at least two places--in your biography page and on your Artists Summary page. Also, the biographical section submitted by another contributor leads one to believe Violet's murals in All Saints Church, New York City, are still accessible. This church was razed and the whereabouts of the Oakley windows and mosaic are not known. Perhaps they went to a restaurant in Florida!
I'm enjoying all your updates.
Georg Sheets

Mary Webb

Pennsylvania State Capitol Murals
A Victorian tea, guided tour, and lecture by the foremost Oakley Scholar, Dr. Patricia Likos Ricci was hosted by the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee this month. It was a very well attended event, a display of the great love and admiration for Oakley's work. I hope other attendees will share their experiences at the event and with the art of Violet Oakley. The murals in the Capitol are a testament to Oakley's artistic ability, intellectual ability, and political philosophy.

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